Maesa lanceolata Forssk.

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Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, near Genaina

Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani

Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hatcliffe South Extension

Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hatcliffe South Extension

Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hatcliffe South Extension

Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hatcliffe South Extension

Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hatcliffe South Extension

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Synonyms: Baeobotrys lanceolata (Forssk.) Vahl
Maesa angolensis Gilg
Maesa mildbraedii Gilg & Schellenb.
Maesa rufescens A. DC.
Common names: False assegai (English) Mudovatova (Shona) Musungwa (Shona) Mutendekwani (Shona)
Frequency: Common in the higher rainfall areas
Status: Native
Description:
Evergreen shrub or much-branched small tree, 2-10 m. Leaves: petiole 1.5-3 cm; lamina 6-17 cm, ranging from lanceolate to broadly elliptic, glabrous or pubescent especially on the nerves; margin slightly revolute, very shallowly to distinctly serrate. Inflorescence of axillary panicles, usually shorter than the leaves. Corolla 1.5-1.8 mm, pale yellow or whitish, scented. Anthers 0.4-0.7 mm. Stigma truncate, ± lobed. Fruit 3-4 mm in diameter, greenish to pale pink. Seeds blackish, angular.
Notes: The status of this record from the Central Division is discussed in Note 1.
Derivation of specific name: lanceolata: lance-shaped; lanceolate
Habitat: At the margins of forest, occasionally in montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 980 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Southern Africa, extending into Arabia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 February 2007
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. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 866. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 265.

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Myrsinaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 199 - 201. (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 73. In Maesaceae

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 498 - 500. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 60 - 61.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 126.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 146 - 147. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 405 - 406. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Maesa lanceolata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143530, retrieved 19 November 2017

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