Strychnos matopensis S. Moore

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Strychnos matopensis

Photo: Rob Burrett

Strychnos matopensis

Photo: Rob Burrett

Strychnos matopensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Maleme Dam camp

Strychnos matopensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

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Common names: Matobo bitterberry (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub with simple coiled tendrils in the axils of the leaves. Branches hairy. Leaves opposite, broadly ovate to almost round, up to 5 cm long, 3-5-veined from the base, shiny dark green above, hairy, leathery. Flowers in many-flowered terminal and axillary heads, white to pale yellow. Fruits ellipsoid, 1 - 1.5 cm long, soft, yellow to orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: matopensis: of the Matobo (Matopos) Hills, South of Bulawayo
Habitat: On rocky hill sides, in Brachystegia woodland, often on termite mound.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1600 m
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Images last updated: Wednesday 10 December 2008

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 268.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Strychnos matopensis
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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: Strychnos matopensis., retrieved 23 July 2016

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