Gymnosporia harveyana Loes.
subsp. harveyana

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Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana

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Seldomseen, Vumba, nr Crimsonwing Cottage

Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba, nr Crimsonwing Cottage

Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba, nr Crimsonwing Cottage

Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stream below Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani.

Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stream below Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani.

Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stream below Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani.

Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands Forest, Vumba

Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands Forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Celastrus concinnus N.E. Br.
Gymnosporia concinna (N.E. Br.) Bews
Maytenus mossambicensis p.p.
Common names: Black forest spike-thorn (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status:
Description:
Shrub or small tree, armed or with straight reddish spines. Leaves up to 5 × 2.5 cm, shiny bright green, paler below, spirally arranged on short lateral spur-branchlets, ovate to elliptic, hairless; margins crenate-dentate; stipules conspicuous and thread-like. Inflorescences dense, axillary, clusters usually shorter than the leaves. Flowers white. Fruit a semi-fleshy, round, somewhat 3-lobed capsule, pendulous on a long stalk, white to reddish brown or carmine when ripe.
Notes: See G. mossambicensis for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: harveyana: after William Harvey (1811-1866), botanist, collector and one of the authors of Flora Capensis.
Habitat: Along the margins and in the understorey of montane forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2400 m
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 5 January 2016
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 125. as Gymnosporia harveyana


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Flora of Malawi: Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana
Flora of Mozambique: Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana

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Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Gymnosporia harveyana
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gymnosporia harveyana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gymnosporia harveyana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Gymnosporia harveyana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gymnosporia harveyana
Ispot Southern Africa : Gymnosporia harveyana
JSTOR Plant Science: Gymnosporia harveyana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gymnosporia harveyana
Tropicos: Gymnosporia harveyana
West African Plants database: Gymnosporia harveyana


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: Gymnosporia harveyana subsp. harveyana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136930, retrieved 29 July 2016

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