Euclea divinorum Hiern

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Euclea divinorum

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Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Euclea divinorum

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Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

Euclea divinorum

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Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Euclea divinorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

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Synonyms: Euclea lanceolata sensu Hiern p.p.
Common names: Diamond-leaved euclea (English) Magic guarri (English) Mubhununu (Shona) Mudziviriratsuro (Shona) Mugarazvuru (Shona) Mugurameno (Shona) Munyenya (Shona) Mushangura (Shona) Umtshekesane (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Evergreen shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite or subopposite, elliptic with distinctly undulate margins, dark bluish-green above, lighter below. Flowers small, creamy-white in short, dense, branched inflorescences in the leaf axils. Fruits small and spherical, thinly fleshy.
Derivation of specific name: divinorum: plant used to make medicine for diviners in the Batoka region of southern Zambia.
Habitat: In open woodland, often associated with termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1580 m
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia and the Sudan south to South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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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: Euclea divinorum., retrieved 25 October 2016

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