Ekebergia capensis Sparrm.

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Ekebergia capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands lay-by, Vumba

Ekebergia capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands lay-by, Vumba

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Synonyms: Ekebergia meyeri C. Presl ex C.DC
Common names: Cape ash (English) Dogplum (English) Mudanhatsindi (Shona) Mutomana (Shona) Muvhuranyimo (Shona)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-5 pairs of leaflets plus a terminal leaflet. Leaflets glossy green, oblong-lanceolate, asymmetrical at the base; margin entire. Flowers in loose sprays among the leaves, small, greenish-white, sometimes flushed pink. Male and female flowers on different trees. Fruit a round fleshy berry, pink to bright red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Habitat: In montane and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1670 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Northeastern Africa southwards on the eastern side to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Cirina forda (Food plant)
Pseudobunaea tyrrhena (Food plant)
Holocerina smilax (Larval food plant)
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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 250.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 32. also as Ekebergia meyeri

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 121.


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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: Ekebergia capensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133540, retrieved 26 May 2016

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