Stadmannia oppositifolia Poir.
subsp. rhodesica Exell

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Synonyms:
Common names: Silky-plum (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized tree, sometimes multi-stemmed. Bark flaking in sizeable pieces giving a mottled grey appearance. Leaves spirally arranged, paripinnate, up to 15 cm long, with 2-3 pairs of elliptic leaflets, up c. 10 × 4 cm, shiny green and hairless above, paler and minutely hairy below, leathery with midrib prominent on both sides, apex rounded, often notched; margin entire. Flowers in axillary, catkin-like racemes, greenish-cream, unisexual on the same tree. Fruit 1-3-lobed, c. 12 mm in diameter, velvety, green to red. Seeds 1 in each lobe, c. 1 cm in diameter, brown, enclosed in a olive-green to red aril.
Notes: Not listed in Endemic Plant species of Zimbabwe (Mapaura in Kirkia 18-1, 2002) but the restricted distribution of this subspecies should qualify it as a Near- Endemic.
Derivation of specific name: oppositifolia: with opposite leaves
Habitat: In rocky gorges and on kopjes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: South-eastern Zimbabwe and eastern Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Subsp. oppositifolia is known from Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Reunion.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Literature:

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


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Stadmannia oppositifolia
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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: Stadmannia oppositifolia subsp. rhodesica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137460, retrieved 26 June 2016

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