Artabotrys brachypetalus Benth.

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Artabotrys brachypetalus

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National Botanic Garden, Harare

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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Rimiti West (1st stop) by rd to Birchenough Bridge

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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Mtshabezi Dam, Matobo Hills

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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Near Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge.

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Common names: Large hook-berry (English) Purple hook-berry (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Shrub, small tree or sometimes an enormous liane, to 10 m. Branches reddish-brown, rusty-tomentose at first, becoming glabrous. Leaves: petiole 3-5 mm, tomentose; lamina 4.5-11 × 2.2-6.6, obovate to oblanceolate or elliptic-oblong, bluish-green or bright green, glossy and glabrous or sparsely pubescent above, matt and pubescent beneath, coriaceous; base cuneate to rounded; apex obtuse to apiculate or shortly acuminate. Flowers on short condensed zigzag secondary peduncles, these unusual hook-like objects persistent on the plant. Petals 6-15 mm, yellow or cream to greenish. Fruit on a pedicel 1.5-4 cm; fruiting carpels 1-8; each segment 1.5-2.2 cm, oblong-cylindric to obovoid, blackish-purple; stipes 5-9 mm.
Derivation of specific name: brachypetalus: with short petals
Habitat: Usually in riverine vegetation, sometimes in dry woodland, at low and medium altitudes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1140 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Northern Botswana, DRC (Katanga), Southeastern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, South Africa
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 antheus (Food plant)
Graphium morania (Larval foodplant)
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Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 209 - 210. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 89.

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 23.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 237.

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 130 - 132. (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 108 - 109. (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 39.


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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: Artabotrys brachypetalus., retrieved 26 October 2016

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