Uapaca sansibarica Pax

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Uapaca sansibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mia Falls Rd, Burma Valley

Uapaca sansibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mia Falls Rd, Burma Valley

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Common names: Lesser mahobohobo (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves clustered near the ends of branches, obovate, stiff and leathery, shiny green above, paler below. Flowers greenish-yellow; sexes mostly on different trees. Fruit fleshy spherical, yellow when ripe.
Notes: This species closely resembles Uapaca kirkiana but both leaves and fruits are considerably smaller; leaves are usually more shiny green; and it is a species of more restricted distribution in high rainfall, low altitude woodland.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In deciduous woodland and bamboo thickets.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, D. R. Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; throughout East Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Abantis bamptoni (Larval foodplant)
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Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

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

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 98 - 100. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 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: Uapaca sansibarica., retrieved 26 October 2016

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