Diospyros whyteana F. White

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Diospyros whyteana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamaropa Falls, Wattle Co. Estate, Nyanga

Diospyros whyteana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamaropa Falls, Wattle Co. Estate, Nyanga

Diospyros whyteana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Royena lucida L.
Royena whyteana Hiern
Common names: Bladder-nut (English) Nyapahuro (Shona) Nyatsipa (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Evergreen shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic-oblong, shiny dark green above, lighter green below; margin densely fringed with hairs, especially when young. Flowers in short axillary sprays, white, stalk and calyx covered in white hairs. The calyx is persistent, the five lobes joining to form a swollen capsule, completely enveloping the fruits.
Notes: The fruits are edible and the seeds are used as a coffee substitute.
Derivation of specific name: whyteanum: after Alexander Whyte (1834-1908), Scottish plant explorer, and botanist who collected in Liberia, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda.
Habitat: In high rainfall areas, in scrub, woodland and forest often associated with rocky places.
Altitude range: (metres) 980 - 2280 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 24 February 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 141. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 267.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 64. as Royena lucida

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 81.

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 267 - 269. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Diospyros whyteana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144080, retrieved 21 January 2018

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