Lannea edulis (Sond.) Engl.
var. edulis

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Lannea edulis var. edulis

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Cleveland Dam

Lannea edulis var. edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Lannea edulis var. edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Lannea edulis var. edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Lannea edulis var. edulis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Gardiner, Arcturus

Lannea edulis var. edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Lannea edulis var. edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms:
Common names: Intakubomvu (Ndebele) Mutsambatsi (Shona) Wild grape (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Dwarf shrublet or suffrutex, growing from a large woody rootstock. Leaves mostly compound with 2 to 4 pairs of leaflets or rarely simple (see image 5), densely covered in silvery hairs when young (image 3). Flowers in erect spikes near the ground, small, yellowish, tinged with red. Fruit a red fleshy drupe tipped with 3 to 4 pointed remains of the styles. Flowers and fruits normally appear before the leaves and are conspicuous on burnt ground. The pulp of the grape-like fruits is eaten but the skins are discarded. A root extract is used as a remedy for diarrhoea.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: edulis: edible
Habitat: In grassland, vleis and open woodland, especially noticeable after a fire.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 1740 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eucraera gemmata (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 September 2015
Literature:

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 22.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 37.


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JSTOR Plant Science: Lannea edulis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lannea edulis
Tropicos: Lannea edulis
West African Plants database: Lannea edulis


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: Lannea edulis var. edulis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136530, retrieved 28 May 2016

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