Pleurostylia africana Loes.

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Pleurostylia africana

Photo: Rob Burrett
Samson Farm, Bromley

Pleurostylia africana

Photo: Rob Burrett
Samson Farm, Bromley

Pleurostylia africana

Photo: Rob Burrett
Samson Farm, Bromley

Pleurostylia africana

Photo: Mark Hyde
Christon Bank, near Botanical Reserve carpark

Pleurostylia africana

Photo: Mark Hyde
Christon Bank, near Botanical Reserve carpark

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Synonyms: Pleurostylia heynei Wight & Arn, var. acutifolia Suess.
Common names: Mulyamandebele (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Northern coffee-pear (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small unarmed tree. Bark grey becoming dark and rough in older trees; young branchlets pale and 4-angled. Leaves opposite, oblong-elliptic, up to 10 × 4 cm, bright to dark glossy green above, paler and duller below, leathery, net-veining conspicuous; margin entire. Young leaves purple-tinged, typically drooping on the young branchlets (See photos). Flowers in small compact axillary heads, greenish-yellow, unpleasantly scented. Fruit obovoid-ellipsoid, up to 8 × 3 mm, slightly asymmetric with the remains of the style on one side towards the base, green.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: Occurring along the margins of forest, in woodland and on rocky hillsides, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) 420 - 1620 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC (Katanga), Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 12 August 2009
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 127. (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 67. also in error as Pleurostylia capensis


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pleurostylia africana
Tropicos: Pleurostylia africana
West African Plants database: Pleurostylia africana


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: Pleurostylia africana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137100, retrieved 29 July 2016

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