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Hot Springs, Save Valley
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Potato bush (English)
Description: Usually a much-branched semi-scandent shrub, rarely a small tree. Leaves ovate-oblong to elliptic, produced on short lateral branchlets, giving the impression of compound leaves. Flowers in clusters on short axillary branchlets, small, yellowish, sexes separate on the same plant, flowering before or with the new leaves. The flowering shoots and pedicels are covered in short, velvety hairs. Fruit berry-like, blackish when ripe.
glaber (Baill.) Müll. Arg. is distinguished by flowering shoots being completely hairless.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In hot, dry deciduous woodland and riverine thickets.
Altitude range: (metres)
610 - 1370 m
Flowering time: Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Almost throughout the Paleotropics.
Red data list status:
Insects (whose larvae eat this species):
Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Monday 9 July 2007
Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 93. (Includes a picture). Comments
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Phyllanthus reticulatus var. reticulatus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134380, retrieved 11 December 2013
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