Olax dissitiflora Oliv.

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Olax dissitiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten

Olax dissitiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten

Olax dissitiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge.

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Synonyms: Olax stuhlmannii Engl.
Common names: Chikwakwani (Shona) Kamasa (Shona) Small-fruited olax (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree with a rounded crown. Leaves narrowly ovate, bright green, hairless, often somewhat drooping. Flowers axillary, solitary or in very lax few-flowered racemes, white, sweetly scented. Fruit crowned with the persistent style and almost enveloped by the enlarged calyx, red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: dissitiflora: well-spaced flowers
Habitat: In woodland and riverine vegetation.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:October - November
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania southwards to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Hypolycaena caeculus caeculus (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 23 May 2006

Chapano, Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 195.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 76. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 235.

Garcia, J.G. (1963). Olacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 332 - 333. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 90.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Page 59.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 128.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 220.


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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: Olax dissitiflora.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121560, retrieved 26 April 2017

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