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School site Nhancuco, lower slopes, Mt Gorongosa
Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Musikadzi ranger post, Gorongosa National Park.
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Black plum (English)
Prune fingerleaf (English)
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
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Vitex doniana Kew Herbarium catalogue
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Vitex doniana West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Vitex doniana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148880, retrieved 11 December 2013
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