Bridelia micrantha (Hochst.) Baill.

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Bridelia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Bridelia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Bridelia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Bridelia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Zimbabwe

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Common names: Mitzeerie (English) Mudzinza (Shona) Mufukusi (Shona) Mukodokodo (Shona) Mukwandu (Shona) Mushungunu (Shona) Mutorarwizi (Shona) Mutsetsauta (Shona) Mutugusi (Shona)
Frequency: Common in high rainfall areas
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree, evergreen or deciduous. Young branchlets often with spines, occasionally blunt thorns are still present on older branches. Leaves elliptic to obovate, glossy dark green, paler below; young leaves often purplish. Flowers unisexual on the same tree, very small, yellow-green, in axillary clusters. Fruit an ellipsoid berry, blackish when ripe, edible and sweet.
Derivation of specific name: micrantha: small-flowered
Habitat: In riverine forest, woodland and along forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1750 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa to the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Also in RĂ©union.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Abantis paradisea (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 24 February 2007

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 20 - 21.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 35.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bridelia micrantha., retrieved 10 October 2015

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