Grewia monticola Sond.

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Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Gardiner, Arcturus

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Gardiner, Arcturus

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Gardiner, Arcturus

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Gnu Bend rd, Lake Kyle recreational Park.

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Gnu Bend rd, Lake Kyle recreational Park.

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Gnu Bend rd, Lake Kyle recreational Park.

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Synonyms: Grewia cordata N.E. Br.
Grewia obliqua Weim.
Common names: Asegaai wood (English) Donkey berry (English) Grey raisin (English) Ibusu (Ndebele) Mubura (Shona) Muguramhanda (Shona) Munjiri (Shona) Mupimbiri (Shona) Mutewa (Shona) Mutongoro (Shona) Ngiri (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Sihane (Hlengwe) Silver raisin (English) Umhlampunzi (Ndebele) Umpumpulwane (Ndebele) Umtewa (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic-oblong to ovate, up to c. 9.5 cm long, distinctly asymmetric at the base, green to grey-green and more or less hairy above, covered in dense silvery-white velvety hairs below; margins irregularly toothed. Flowers in terminal and axillary clusters, yellow, c. 1.5 cm in diameter. Fruits 1-2-lobed, 7-10 mm in diameter, yellow to red when ripe.
Notes: Fruits edible and used either fresh or sun-dried and fermented to brew beer.
Derivation of specific name: monticola: mountain-loving; this reference is not clear since the species is widespread, especially in non-mountainous areas.
Habitat: In open woodland and riverine fringes.
Altitude range: (metres) 580 - 1530 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Abantis tettensis (Larval foodplant)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Monday 20 June 2016
Literature:

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 447.

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

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).

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

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 47.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 50 - 51.


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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 monticola.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138540, retrieved 1 October 2016

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