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Grewia swynnertonii J.R. Drumm. ex Baker f. Grewia utilis Exell
Small-fruited green raisin (English)
Description: Multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Older branches angled, even somewhat fluted, younger branches plum-coloured. Leaves ovate-elliptic, elliptic or lanceolate, usually c. 4 cm long, 3-veined from the base, glossy green and finely hairy above, dull and more densely hairy below; base asymmetric; margin finely toothed. Flowers golden-yellow, c. 1-1.5 cm in diameter, in few-flowered, axillary heads, petals shorter than sepals. Fruit spherical, deeply 2-lobed, or 1-lobed by abortion, each lobe c. 4 mm in diameter, pubescent, yellowish.
Derivation of specific name:
microcarpa: with small fruits.
Habitat: In riverine fringes and open deciduous woodland, sometimes thicket forming.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 500 m
Flowering time: Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Friday 30 January 2009
A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Drummond, R.B. (1975). Kirkia 10(1) Page 258. Comments
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Other sources of information about Grewia microcarpa: Our websites: Flora of Malawi
Grewia microcarpa Flora of Mozambique
Grewia microcarpa External websites: African Plant Database
Grewia microcarpa Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Grewia microcarpa EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Grewia microcarpa ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Grewia microcarpa Flora Zambesiaca
Grewia microcarpa Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Grewia microcarpa IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Grewia microcarpa Ispot Southern Africa
Grewia microcarpa JSTOR Plant Science
Grewia microcarpa Kew Herbarium catalogue
Grewia microcarpa Tropicos
Grewia microcarpa West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Grewia microcarpa.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138530, retrieved 28 August 2016
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