Berchemia zeyheri (Sond.) Grubov

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Berchemia zeyheri

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Grounds of Wimpey, Gweru

Berchemia zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Grounds of Wimpey, Gweru

Berchemia zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby on Zvishavane-Mbalabala road at Dadaya High School turn-off

Berchemia zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby on Zvishavane-Mbalabala road at Dadaya High School turn-off

Berchemia zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby on Zvishavane-Mbalabala road at Dadaya High School turn-off

Berchemia zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby on Zvishavane-Mbalabala road at Dadaya High School turn-off

Berchemia zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along secondary dirt road below Mt Buchwa

Berchemia zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along secondary dirt road below Mt Buchwa

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Synonyms: Phyllogeiton zeyheri (Sond.) Suess.
Rhamnus zeyheri Sond.
Common names: Munyii (Shona) Musukachuma (Shona) Mutsonga (Shona) Muvhunambeza (Shona) Pau-rosa (English) Pink ivory (English) Red ivory (English) Umncaga (Ndebele) Umnyiyi (Ndebele)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or deciduous tree with a spreading crown. Bark grey, rough in older trees; young branchlets often purplish. Leaves opposite to sub-opposite, elliptic to ovate, 1.5-4 cm long, greyish-green above, paler below, hairless, lateral veins in a herringbone pattern going right up to the margin; margin entire or appearing slightly scalloped between the veins; petiole 1-3 mm long, grooved along the top. Flowers in small few-flowered axillary clusters, greenish, inconspicuous. Fruit ellipsoid, up to 9 × 3 mm, fleshy, yellow to brownish-red, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: zeyheri: named after Carl Zeyher, 1799 - 1858, a German naturalist
Habitat: In open woodland, often on termite mounds, rocky ridges or near watercourses
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 16 February 2014
Literature:

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 28.

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 669.

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 98.

Drummond, R.B. (1966). Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 425 - 426. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 134 - 135. (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 69.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 378 - 379. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 95.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 45. as Rhamnus zeyheri

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 350 - 351. (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: Berchemia zeyheri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137710, retrieved 21 August 2017

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