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Small-leaved cluster-pear (English)
Description: Small rounded, scrambling shrub. Bark grey with lenticels; young branchlets covered in short reddish hairs. Leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute or subacute at the apex, cuneate to rounded but not decurrent at the base, up to 7 × 2.5 cm, sparsely stellate-hairy below when young, mostly hairless when mature; margin entire, wavy. Flowers solitary, extra-axillary, yellow, on a slender stalk 2-3 cm long. Fruit of 3-6 carpels, c. 2.5 cm long, blackish-purple when dry.
Notes: Notes: (a) this species is similar and closely related to
U. caffra E.Mey. ex Sond., which does not occur in our area.
(b) it is listed at Lower risk - near threatened. Possibly threatened by Elephant damage to the habitat.
Derivation of specific name:
gracilipes: with a graceful or slender "foot", referring to the slender flower stalks
Habitat: Occurring in semi-evergreen forest and along river banks.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 300 m
Flowering time: Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Growth form(s): Tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Drummond, R.B. (1975). Kirkia 10(1) Page 236. Comments
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Other sources of information about Uvaria gracilipes: Our websites: Flora of Mozambique
Uvaria gracilipes External websites: African Plant Database
Uvaria gracilipes Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Uvaria gracilipes EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Uvaria gracilipes ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Uvaria gracilipes Flora Zambesiaca
Uvaria gracilipes Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Uvaria gracilipes IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Uvaria gracilipes Ispot Southern Africa
Uvaria gracilipes JSTOR Plant Science
Uvaria gracilipes Kew Herbarium catalogue
Uvaria gracilipes Tropicos
Uvaria gracilipes West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Uvaria gracilipes.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123780, retrieved 28 May 2016
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