Vitex doniana Sweet

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Vitex doniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
School site Nhancuco, lower slopes, Mt Gorongosa

Vitex doniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Musikadzi ranger post, Gorongosa National Park.

Vitex doniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road between gates, Gorongosa National Park

Vitex doniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road between gates, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms:
Common names: Black plum (English) Prune fingerleaf (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Medium-sized deciduous tree with a rounded crown. Leaves palmately divided with 3-7 leaflets, mostly 5 with the lower leaflets distinctly smaller; leaflets obovate, leathery, dark green above, paler below, mostly hairless except for a few stellate hairs on the midrib below; apex rounded or notched, occasionally abruptly acuminate. Flowers in branched axillary heads, blue, violet or white with the lower lobe darker. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 3 × 2 cm, fleshy, hairless, purple-black, edible.
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Habitat: At the margins of evergreen and riverine forest and in woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and the Comoro Islands
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 184.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Vitex doniana
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West African Plants database: Vitex doniana


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: Vitex doniana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148880, retrieved 5 May 2016

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