Homalium dentatum (Harv.) Warb.

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Homalium dentatum

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Homalium dentatum

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Homalium dentatum

Photo: G Nicholls

Homalium dentatum

Photo: G Nicholls

Homalium dentatum

Photo: G Nicholls

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Synonyms: Blackwellia dentata Harv.
Homalium chasei Wild
Common names: Brown-ironwood (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
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, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Literature:

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 78.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 261. Also as Homalium chasei

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 75.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 105.


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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: Homalium dentatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140750, retrieved 29 July 2016

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