Antidesma venosum E. Mey. ex Tul.

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Antidesma venosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani

Antidesma venosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani

Antidesma venosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River bridge, road to Katiyo

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Synonyms: Antidesma bifrons Tul.
Antidesma biovinianum Baill.
Common names: Tassel berry (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves alternate, oblong to elliptic, leathery; veins sunken above, prominent below with hairs on the veins on both surfaces. Flowers in long catkin-like spikes, up to 8 cm; sexes on separate trees, male flowers yellow, female flowers reddish, unpleasantly scented. The flowers are often parasitised by insects to form a tangled mass of sterile galls. Fruits in pendulous spikes of small fleshy berries, red to purple-black when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: venosum: veined, referring to the prominent veins
Habitat: In riverine vegetation, woodland and wooded grassland, on rocky outcrops and along forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1830 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Throughout Subsaharan Africa as far as Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 11 April 2012

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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: Antidesma venosum., retrieved 23 October 2016

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