Syzygium guineense (Willd.) DC.
subsp. guineense

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Syzygium guineense subsp. guineense

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Domboshawa

Syzygium guineense subsp. guineense

Photo: Petra Ballings
Gardiner, Arcturus

Syzygium guineense subsp. guineense

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Silveira House, Chisawasha

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Synonyms: Calyptranthes guineensis Willd.
Eugenia fourcadei Dummer
Eugenia guineensis (Willd.) Baill. ex Laness.
Syzygium fleuryi A. Chev.
Syzygium fourcadei (Dummer) Burtt Davy
Common names: Gihlu (Ndebele) Muisu (Shona) Mukute pasi (Shona) Woodland waterberry (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized tree. Branches and leaves often have a drooping appearance. Inflorescences axillary and terminal in creamy white, rounded heads. Flowers sweetly scented, showing a mass of stamens. Fruits ellipsoid, purple to almost black when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: guineense: of Guinea,referring to West Africa in general.
Habitat: In woodland and wooded grassland, rocky hillsides and in riverine vegetation.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1750 m
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Deudorix antalus (Food plant)
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 216.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 835 - 836. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 287 - 290. as Syzygium guineense (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 170 - 171. (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 64.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 81.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 112 - 113. as Syzygium guineense (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 480 - 482. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 89.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 44 - 45. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 127.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 322 - 323. as Syzygium guineense (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 378 - 379. as Syzygium guineense (Includes a picture).

White, F. (1978). Myrtaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 198 - 202.


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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: Syzygium guineense subsp. guineense.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142340, retrieved 27 July 2016

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