Flacourtia indica (Burm. f.) Merr.

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Flacourtia indica

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Msorodoni Farm

Flacourtia indica

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Nr Odzani R. bridge

Flacourtia indica

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Nr Odzani R. Bridge

Flacourtia indica

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Synonyms: Flacourtia hirtiuscula Oliv.
Flacourtia ramontchi L'Hér.
Common names: Batoka plum (English) Governor's plum (English) Mududwe (Shona) Munhunguru (Shona) Mutombototo (Shona) Mutudza (Shona) Mutunguru (Shona)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic, ovate or almost circular; margin entire, scalloped or toothed. Flowers inconspicuous, greenish-yellow in short axillary or terminal sprays, sexes separate on different trees. Fruit fleshy, near-spherical, purple when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: indica: of India
Habitat: In various types of woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa south to northern South Africa, Swaziland; Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Indo-china, Indonesia and China
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Phalanta phalantha aethiopica (Food plant)
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Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 760 - 761. In Flacourtiaceae (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 189 - 192. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 467.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 74. In Flacourtiaceae

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

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 154 - 155. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 53.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 95.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 432 - 433. In Flacourtiaceae (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 104.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 214.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 128 - 129. In Flacourtiaceae (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 144 - 145. In Flacourtiaceae (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 272. In Flacourtiaceae

Wild, H. (1960). Flacourtiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 286. In Flacourtiaceae


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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: Flacourtia indica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140790, retrieved 26 May 2016

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