Apodytes dimidiata E. Mey. ex Arn.
var. dimidiata

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Apodytes dimidiata var. dimidiata

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Maonza, Vumba

Apodytes dimidiata var. dimidiata

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Mpinge Pass, Great Dyke

Apodytes dimidiata var. dimidiata

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Mpinge Pass, Great Dyke

Apodytes dimidiata var. dimidiata

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Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Apodytes dimidiata var. dimidiata

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Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Apodytes dimidiata var. dimidiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Apodytes dimidiata var. dimidiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms:
Common names: Bird's eye (English) Musvipa (Shona) Umdakane (Ndebele) White pear (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves spirally arranged, ovate-elliptic, usually c. 5 - 8 cm, glossy green above, paler and dull green below; midrib conspicuous, yellowish; margin entire, wavy or rolled under; petiole pink. Flowers in axillary or terminal panicles, white, fragrant. Fruit in branched, hanging clusters, flattened, black when ripe, with a bright red appendage making the fruits look kidney-shaped.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: dimidiata: half-covered, referring to the fruit
Habitat: In open woodland, along forest margins and on grassy hillsides, often among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - April
Worldwide distribution: From Nigeria to Ethiopia and south to the Western Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Daphnis nerii (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 20 February 2013
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 183. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 637. (Includes a picture).

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 76.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 256.

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 54.

Mendes, E.J. (1963). Icacinaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 343 - 346. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 67.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 362 - 363. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 77.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 109.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 198 - 199. (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: Apodytes dimidiata var. dimidiata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137260, retrieved 28 June 2016

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