Grewia flava DC.

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Grewia flava

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Grewia flava

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Grewia flava

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Grewia flava

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

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Synonyms: Grewia cana Sond.
Grewia hermannioides Harv.
Common names: Brandybush (English) Velvet raisin (English)
Status: Native
Dense multi-stemmed shrub, up to 2 m tall, occasionally a taller small tree. Bark dark grey-brown; young branches velvety, becoming dark purple-black. Leaves alternate, often held upright, elliptic to oblanceolate-obovate, up to 7 × 2.5 cm, 3-veined from the almost symmetric base, grey-green above, paler below, finely hairy on both surfaces or more so below; margin finely to somewhat coarsely toothed. Flowers yellow fading to orange-brown, 1.5 cm in diameter, solitary or in few-flowered axillary heads. Fruit spherical or 2-lobed, c. 8 mm in diameter, reddish-brown when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: flava: yellow, referring to the flower colour, which is also yellow in many other species.
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland, often on Kalahari sand.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Leucochitonea levubu (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 5 April 2008

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 432 - 433. (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.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 76 - 78. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 109.


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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: Grewia flava., retrieved 24 May 2016

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