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Description: Shrub or small tree. Bark pale greenish-grey, slightly roughish and scaly. Leaves opposite, up to 17 × 13 cm, one of a pair distinctly smaller than the other, heart-shaped to broadly ovate, sometimes somewhat 3-lobed, covered with mixed simple and stellate hairs, domatia present in the axils of the main veins below, 3-5-veined from the base with 4 small glands near the base above; margin more or less entire, wavy. Flowers in axillary spike-like racemes, greenish-yellow with purple anthers, unisexual, sexes on different trees. Fruit deeply 3-lobed c. 10 mm in diameter, greenish-yellow.
Notes: The taxon in Zimbabwe is f.
polycytotrichus Radcl.-Sm., which is confined to the Chirinda Forest.
Derivation of specific name: oppositifolius: with opposite leaves
Habitat: Occurring in mixed evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
1000 m (approx)
Flowering time: Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: See notes below.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
Insects (whose larvae eat this species):
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Content last updated: Tuesday 4 August 2009
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Other sources of information about Mallotus oppositifolius: Flora of Mozambique
Mallotus oppositifolius Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Mallotus oppositifolius EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Mallotus oppositifolius ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Mallotus oppositifolius Flora Zambesiaca
Mallotus oppositifolius Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Mallotus oppositifolius IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Mallotus oppositifolius JSTOR Plant Science
Mallotus oppositifolius Kew Herbarium catalogue
Mallotus oppositifolius Tropicos
Mallotus oppositifolius West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Mallotus oppositifolius var. oppositifolius.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134930, retrieved 20 May 2013
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