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Blackwellia dentata Harv. Homalium chasei Wild
Description: Medium-sized to tall tree. Bark grey, fairly smooth but flaking in older trees; young branches with conspicuous pale lenticels. Leaves broadly ovate, obovate to almost circular, 4-13 cm long, thinly textured, bright to deep green on both surfaces, veining slightly raised above and conspicuous below, hair-tuft domatia sometimes present in the axils of the veins below; margin coarsely toothed or scalloped. Flowers in axillary branched heads, yellowish-green, c. 5 mm in diameter, unpleasantly scented. Fruit a very small obovoid capsule, c. 3 mm in diameter, densely covered in short soft hairs.
Notes: Homalium chasei Wild has been sunk under H. Dentatum
Derivation of specific name: dentatum: toothed, dentate
Habitat: In evergreen forest and on rocky hillsides protected from fire.
Altitude range: (metres)
500 - 1525 m
Flowering time: Jan - May
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
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Other sources of information about Homalium dentatum: African Plant Database
Homalium dentatum Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Homalium dentatum EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Homalium dentatum ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Homalium dentatum Flora Zambesiaca
Homalium dentatum Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Homalium dentatum IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Homalium dentatum JSTOR Plant Science
Homalium dentatum Kew Herbarium catalogue
Homalium dentatum Tropicos
Homalium dentatum West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Homalium dentatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140750, retrieved 19 May 2013
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