Mystroxylon aethiopicum (Thunb.) Loes.
subsp. schlechteri (Loes.) R.H. Archer

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Mystroxylon aethiopicum subsp. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Marydale Point Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Mystroxylon aethiopicum subsp. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Marydale Point Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Mystroxylon aethiopicum subsp. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Marydale Point Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Mystroxylon aethiopicum subsp. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Mystroxylon aethiopicum subsp. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Mystroxylon aethiopicum subsp. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Mystroxylon aethiopicum subsp. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

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Synonyms: Cassine aethiopica Thunb.
Cassine schlechteri (Loes.) Davison
Cassine sphaerophylla (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Kuntze
Cassine velutinum (Loes. ex Harv.) Davison
Elaeodendron aethiopicum (Thunb.) Oliv.
Mystroxlon schlechteri Loes.
Common names: Kooboo-berry (English) Mudangwa (Shona)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Leaves spirally arranged, ovate, elliptic to obovate, up to 12 cm long, glossy green above, paler below, venation prominent, yellowish, with or without hairs; margin finely dentate. Flowers in terminal heads, yellowish-green, c. 5 mm in diameter. Fruit ovoid, 1-2 cm long, bright red when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: aethiopicum: of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa
schlechteri: named after Friedrich Schlechter (1872-1925), German botanist and traveller.
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, evergreen forest margins, miombo and dry deciduous woodland, riverine fringes, or rocky hillsides, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2100 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb (also May - Jun)
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia and Sudan to the Cape, South Africa; West to Namibia and Angola. Also in Guinee, Cameroun, Madagascar, Seychelles and Comoros.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 23 May 2016
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 624 - 625. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 406. as Mystroxylon aethiopicum

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 43.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255. As Cassine aethiopica

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 126 - 127. as Cassine aethiopica (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 34.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 40.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 376 - 379. as Mystroxylon aethiopicum (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 356 - 359. (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 67. as Mystroxylon aethiopicum

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 140 - 141. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 160 - 161. (Includes a picture).


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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: Mystroxylon aethiopicum subsp. schlechteri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137090, retrieved 27 May 2016

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