Bridelia mollis Hutch.

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Bridelia mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam nr entrance

Bridelia mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam nr entrance.

Bridelia mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam nr entrance.

Bridelia mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Bridelia mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Bridelia scandens sensu Eyles
Common names: Mudenhanyani (Shona) Mufukusi (Shona) Muhumbakumba (Shona) Munyani (Shona) Munzvarawauya (Shona) Musosoriondo (Shona) Satima (Hlengwe) Umgojomba (Ndebele) Umkumbakumba (Ndebele) Umwane (Ndebele) Velvet sweetberry (English) Velvet-leaved bridelia (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Bark dark brown to grey, rough with longitudinal striations; young shoots densely velvety. Leaves alternate, ovate to obovate, 3 - 12 cm long, light green and densely velvety on both surfaces; lateral veins conspicuously parallel; apex rounded, often notched; margin entire but sometimes appearing scalloped between the veins. Flowers in tight axillary clusters, small greenish-yellow, unisexual on the same tree. Fruit a subspherical fleshy berry, c. 10 × 8 mm, black when ripe, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: mollis: soft, referring to the velvety hairy leaves.
Habitat: In sandy soils among rocks or on granite kopjes.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 1525 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and North-West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 8 November 2008
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 13 - 14.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 55.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Page 59.


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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: Bridelia mollis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134710, retrieved 28 August 2016

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