Grewia caffra Meisn.

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Grewia caffra

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu

Grewia caffra

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu

Grewia caffra

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu

Grewia caffra

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Bazaruto Island

Grewia caffra

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Bazaruto Island

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Synonyms: Grewia fruticetorum J. Drumm. ex Baker f.
Common names: Climbing raisin (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Normally a multi-stemmed, scrambling shrub. Stems distinctly 4-angled; branchlets stiff, sometimes becoming spine-like. Leaves oblong-ovate to lanceolate, 2-6 cm long, 3-veined from the base, glabrous or sparsely stellate hairy: margin finely toothed. Flowers yellow, c. 2 cm in diameter, in few-flowered, axillary heads. Fruit, globose, not lobed, glabrous or sparsely stellate hairy, 7-10 mm in diameter, brown to red, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: caffra: from Kaffraria, or South Africa
Habitat: Occurring in riverine fringes and along the margins of coastal forest, often thicket-forming.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - May
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 19 August 2013
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 103. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 258.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.


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West African Plants database: Grewia caffra


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: Grewia caffra.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138400, retrieved 26 June 2016

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