Ozoroa reticulata (Baker f.) R. & A. Fern.

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Ozoroa reticulata

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Cleveland Dam

Ozoroa reticulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Ozoroa reticulata

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Lake Chivero Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Heeria reticulata (Baker f.) Engl.
Ozoroa insignis Delile subsp. reticulata (Baker f.) J.B. Gillett
Common names: Isafice (Ndebele) Muacha (Shona) Mubedu (Shona) Mudyamombe (Shona) Mugaragunguwo (Shona) Murungu (Shona) Raisin bush (English) Tar berry (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
A small, much-branched deciduous tree. The bark is grey, rough and flaking in small squares; young branchlets densely hairy, yellowish to reddish. Leaves alternate or in whorls of three, variable in shape and size but mostly elliptic, densely hairy, particularly below with conspicuous net-veining. The flowers are small and greenish, in branched terminal heads. The fruits are small, kidney-shaped and raisin-like, black and wrinkled when ripe.
Notes: The roots are used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Meg Coates Palgrave refers to 3 subspecies, of which one has 3 varieties, some of which certainly occur in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: insignis: handsome, decorative
Habitat: In a wide variety of woodland habitats, often in rocky places or on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) 990 - 1750 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 56. as Ozoroa insignis reticulata (Includes a picture).

Chapano, Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27. As Ozoroa insignis reticulata

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 1 - 4. as Heeria reticulata (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 7. as Ozoroa insignis

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 21. As Ozoroa insignis subsp. reticulata

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 254. As Ozoroa reticulata reticulata reticulata and crispa

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 118 - 119. as Ozoroa insignis subsp. reticulata (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 575 - 576. As a number of subspecies and vaieties (Includes a picture).

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

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 68 - 69. as Ozoroa insignis (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 38 - 39. as Heeria insignis and H. reticulata (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 37.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ozoroa reticulata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136590, retrieved 30 April 2017

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