Olinia vanguerioides Baker f.

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Olinia vanguerioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes towards Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts

Olinia vanguerioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes towards Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts

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Common names: Zimbabwe hard-pear (English)
Frequency: Widespread and fairly frequent
Status: Native
Medium-sized to large tree. Bark smooth but often flaking to expose a yellowish underbark; young branchlets 4-angled. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, elliptic to lanceolate, up to 12 cm, green above, blue-green with translucent veining below; margin entire; petiole short, often reddish. Flowers in dense, branched axillary heads, white to creamy-yellow, hairy in the centre. Fruit in clusters, somewhat fleshy, round, c. 6 mm in diameter, pale yellow to reddish.
Notes: This species is apparently Near-Endemic to Zimbabwe and nearby areas in Mozambique
Derivation of specific name: vanguerioides: resembling a Vangueria
Habitat: In the margins of evergreen and riverine forest and among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 990 - 1750 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and nearby areas in Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 November 2014

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 774.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 262. Also as Olinia emarginata?

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 65.

Verdcourt, B. (1978). Oliniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 325 - 327. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Olinia vanguerioides
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West African Plants database: Olinia vanguerioides

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: Olinia vanguerioides.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=141230, retrieved 24 May 2016

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