Drypetes mossambicensis Hutch.

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Drypetes mossambicensis

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Synonyms:
Common names: Water ironplum (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree, deciduous or near evergreen depending on the habitat. Leaves alternate, elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, tapering or attenuate, up to 11 cm long, shiny bright green above, somewhat blue-green below, asymmetric at the base; margin sub-entire or widely and shallowly serrate. Flowers unisexual on different trees, female flowers solitary, male flowers in small axillary clusters, yellowish-green, scented. Fruits ellipsoid, somewhat fleshy, c. 1.5 cm long, yellow to orange when ripe, tipped by two old style branches.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique
Habitat: On alluvial soils in riverine woodland and along floodplains, at the base of rocky hills or on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 760 m
Flowering time:Mainly Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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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 89 - 91. (Includes a picture).


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African Plant Database: Drypetes mossambicensis
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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 mossambicensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134480, retrieved 26 May 2016

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