Streblus usambarensis (Engl.) C.C. Berg

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Streblus usambarensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Road 213 from Inhamitanga to Chupanga

Streblus usambarensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Road 213 from Inhamitanga to Chupanga

Streblus usambarensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Road 213 from Inhamitanga to Chupanga

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Synonyms: Neosloetiopsis kamerunensis Engl.
Sloetiopsis usambarensis Engl.
Common names: Streblus (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small evergreen tree. Bark smooth, mottled grey-brown; cloudy latex present. Leaves alternate, elliptic to somewhat obovate, mostly 10-15 cm long, glossy dark green above, apex drawn into a drip-tip; veins distinct but sunken above; margin shallowly to strongly serrate in the upper two-thirds, sub-entire near the base. Flowers unisexual, mostly on different trees; male flowers in small axillary spikes; female flowers solitary. Fruit, subglobose, fleshy, 2-lobed, c. 10 mm in diameter, pale whitish green, black when ripe.
Notes: Very rare in Southern Africa. Listed as Critically Endangered on the basis of one single record of a juvenile species from the Haroni-Rusitu Forest
Derivation of specific name: usambarensis: of the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
Habitat: Occurring in coastal forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 200 m
Flowering time:Apr -May (also recorded in Dec)
Worldwide distribution: From Guinea to DRC; Kenya and Tanzania. Except for the Zimbabwean record mentioned above, this species is, in Southern Africa, only known from the Inhamitanga Forest in Sofala, Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 20 - 21. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 131.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Streblus usambarensis., retrieved 21 August 2017

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