Cryptocarya liebertiana Engl.

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Cryptocarya liebertiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Cryptocarya liebertiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Cryptocarya liebertiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

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Common names: Tropical wild-quince (English) Wild quince (English)
Status: Native
Medium to large evergreen tree, often with a buttressed stem. Bark grey-brown, shallowly fissured, reddish brown when slashed, revealing creamy-white wood. Leaves oblong to slightly ovate up to 10 × 4 cm, dark glossy green above, pale blue-green below, more or less distinctly 3-veined from above the base; apex rounded, obtuse or emarginate; margin entire, wavy. Flowers in short axillary heads, greenish and inconspicuous. Fruit subspherical, c. 2 cm in diameter, dark red to purple when ripe.
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Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 2600 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Thursday 21 June 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 195. (Includes a picture).

Diniz, M.A. (1997). Lauraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Pages 50 - 51.

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 115.


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African Plant Database: Cryptocarya liebertiana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cryptocarya liebertiana
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cryptocarya liebertiana
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Ispot Southern Africa : Cryptocarya liebertiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Cryptocarya liebertiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cryptocarya liebertiana
Tropicos: Cryptocarya liebertiana
West African Plants database: Cryptocarya liebertiana

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: Cryptocarya liebertiana., retrieved 25 October 2016

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