Carissa bispinosa (L.) Desf. ex Brenan
subsp. zambesiensis Kupicha

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Carissa bispinosa subsp. zambesiensis

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Globe Rock, Vumba

Carissa bispinosa subsp. zambesiensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Carissa bispinosa subsp. zambesiensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Carissa bispinosa subsp. zambesiensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 3, Chirinda Forest

Carissa bispinosa subsp. zambesiensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 2, Chirinda Forest

Carissa bispinosa subsp. zambesiensis

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Makurupine forest, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Carissa bispinosa (L.) Desf. ex Brenan var. acuminata sensu R.B. Drumm.
Common names: Forest num-num (English) Mudyabveni (Shona) Mudzambara (Shona) Mumbingwa (Shona) Murambamhunga (Shona) Muruguru (Shona) Mutsamviringa (Shona) Y-thorned carissa (English)
Frequency: Locally common in forest understorey
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree, up to 5 m tall, usually smaller, with opposite, slender, often forked spines up to 3 cm long (in this subspecies). Young stems and branches distinctly green; milky latex present. Leaves opposite, more or less broadly ovate, thinly to thickly leathery, hairless, dark glossy green above, paler below; veining indistinct; margin entire. Flowers in terminal clusters, c. 1.3 cm in diameter white, often reddish-pink on the corolla tube, sweetly scented. Fruit ovoid up to 1.6 cm long, fleshy, red when ripe. The fruits are edible.
Notes: The fruits are edible.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In woodland, forest margins and in the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1080 - 1630 m
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Cirina forda (Food plant)
Nephele comma (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 16 August 2006
Literature:

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


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Flora of Malawi: Carissa bispinosa subsp. zambesiensis
Flora of Mozambique: Carissa bispinosa subsp. zambesiensis

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African Plant Database: Carissa bispinosa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Carissa bispinosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Carissa bispinosa
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Carissa bispinosa
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Carissa bispinosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Carissa bispinosa
Ispot Southern Africa : Carissa bispinosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Carissa bispinosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Carissa bispinosa
Tropicos: Carissa bispinosa
West African Plants database: Carissa bispinosa


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: Carissa bispinosa subsp. zambesiensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144930, retrieved 30 May 2016

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