Uvaria lucida Benth.
subsp. virens (N.E. Br.) Verdc.

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Synonyms: Uvaria gazensis Baker f.
Uvaria nyassensis Engl. & Diels
Uvaria virens N.E. Br.
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Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or liane, rarely a small tree. Bark grey, smooth, with lenticels; young branchlets with short rusty hairs, hairless when older. Leaves elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, up to c. 12 × 6 cm, leathery, greyish-green and hairless above, brighter green below, sometimes with a few hairs along the prominent veins on both surfaces; margin entire. Flowers in 1-3-flowered terminal or leaf-opposed clusters, yellowish-green or dull green, 1.5 - 3 cm in diameter, fleshy. Fruit of 10-20 more or less cylindrical carpels, c. 2.5 cm long, usually several-seeded dark to orange-brown, finely hairy.
Derivation of specific name: lucida: shining, probably referring to the leaves
Habitat: Occurring in forest and dense thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Nov
Worldwide distribution: SW Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 8. as Uvaria gazensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 40.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Uvaria lucida subsp. virens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123790, retrieved 25 May 2016

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