Drypetes arguta (Müll. Arg.) Hutch.

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Drypetes arguta

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Survey Plot 3, Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Drypetes arguta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Drypetes arguta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Drypetes arguta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Drypetes arguta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Survey Plot 3, Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Drypetes arguta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Drypetes arguta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Survey Plot 3, Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Drypetes arguta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

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Synonyms: Cyclostemon argutus Müll. Arg.
Common names: Water ironplum (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Straggling shrub or small tree. Leaves alternate, elliptic to lanceolate, tapering or attenuate, up to 11 cm long, bright green, sometimes asymmetric at the base; margin with gland-tipped teeth. Flowers unisexual on different trees, in small axillary clusters or solitary, yellowish-green, honey-scented. Fruits sub-spherical, fleshy, 1.5-2 cm, bright orange-red when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: arguta: sharply serrated.
Habitat: In low-altitude forest, often along streams.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 600 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 23 March 2014
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 251.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 88 - 89.


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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: Drypetes arguta.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134460, retrieved 2 December 2016

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