Friesodielsia obovata (Benth.) Verdc.

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Friesodielsia obovata

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Zambezi NP, Victoria Falls

Friesodielsia obovata

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Rimiti West (2nd stop), rd to Birchenough Bridge

Friesodielsia obovata

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300m before Umvumvumvu Gorge bridge

Friesodielsia obovata

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Zambezi NP, Victoria Falls

Friesodielsia obovata

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4km before Wengezi junction coming from Chimanimani

Friesodielsia obovata

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Southern Cross Farm, Chegutu

Friesodielsia obovata

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Southern Cross Farm, Chegutu

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Synonyms: Popowia obovata (Benth.) Engl. & Diels
Common names: Muchinga (Shona) Munyani (Shona) Mushinga (Shona) Northern dwaba-berry (English) Umkonzombo (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or very small tree. Leaves alternate, obovate, bluish-green with conspicuous pale veins, velvety when young. Flowers solitary, terminal or above the leaf axils, cream to greenish yellow, fleshy.
Notes: This species in leaf resembles closely Bridelia mollis (Euphorbiaceae). However, species in the Annonaceae have leaves which are aromatic when crushed and also do not possess stipules, which the Euphorbiaceae do. Furthermore, the leaves of Friesodielsia are usually obovate (ovate to obovate in B. mollis). The flowers and fruits of the two species are of course completely different.
Derivation of specific name: obovata: with obovate leaves
Habitat: Most often in riverine vegetation, but also on termite mounds and in rocky granite kopjes, sometimes in normal woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 760 - 1300 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, southern DRC, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Graphium leonidas leonidas (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 January 2015

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 87. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 72. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 25. (Includes a picture).

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 123 - 124. as Popowia obovata (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 23.

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 196.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 158 - 159. (Includes a picture).


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Friesodielsia obovata., retrieved 30 May 2016

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