Obetia tenax (N.E. Br.) Friis

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Obetia tenax

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Obetia tenax

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Obetia tenax

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Obetia tenax

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Obetia tenax

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ascending the Hill Complex by the Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

Obetia tenax

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ascending the Hill Complex by the Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

Obetia tenax

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ascending the Hill Complex by the Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Urera tenax N.E. Br.
Common names: Rock tree-nettle (English) Ruvashe (Shona) Tree nettle (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Soft-wooded shrub or small deciduous tree. Bark bronze to pinkish-brown, smooth, watery latex present; branches often covered in stinging hairs. Leaves alternate, ovate to almost round, 5-15 cm long, slightly fleshy, 3-veined from the base with stinging hairs on both surfaces; apex often pointed, cordate at the base; margin coarsely and unevenly toothed. Flowers in short axillary clusters, whitish to yellowish-green, covered in stinging hairs, unisexual, normally on different plants.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: tenax: tenacious, strong
Habitat: On rocky outcrops and hillsides, often in hot and dry places.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Acraea burni (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Friday 13 July 2012
Literature:

Chapano, Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 155.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 116.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 234. As Urera tenax

Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 84 - 85. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 82.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 86 - 89. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 109.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 182 - 183. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 246 - 247. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Obetia tenax
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Obetia tenax
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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: Obetia tenax.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120500, retrieved 29 April 2017

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