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

Photo: Bart Wursten
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).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

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, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Apodytes dimidiata var. dimidiata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137260, retrieved 21 October 2017

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