Lasiodiscus usambarensis Engl.

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Synonyms: Lasiodiscus holtzii Baker f.
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Status: Native
Small evergreen tree. Bark grey, smooth with raised lenticels. Leaves opposite to sub-opposite, elliptic to ovate, up to 9-14 cm long, thinly textured, veining indented above, prominent below; margin finely toothed or scalloped. Flowers small and inconspicuous, in axillary clusters, greenish-white with a small fleshy disk, c. 2 mm in diameter. Fruit a capsule, c. 10 mm in diameter, finely hairy, green.
Derivation of specific name: usambarensis: of the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 m (approx)
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Eastern and southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Chirinda Forest, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 81.

Drummond, R.B. (1966). Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 433 - 439. (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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 158.


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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: Lasiodiscus usambarensis., retrieved 26 October 2016

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