Vitex petersiana Klotzsch

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Vitex petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By junction of Salt Springs road and the main road from Mandavu to Sinamatella

Vitex petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By junction of Salt Springs road and the main road from Mandavu to Sinamatella

Vitex petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By junction of Salt Springs road and the main road from Mandavu to Sinamatella

Vitex petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By junction of Salt Springs road and the main road from Mandavu to Sinamatella

Vitex petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Vitex petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By entrance at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Vitex petersiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Garura section of Mazowe River Game Reserve, Maramba CL, across Mazowe River from Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Vitex kirkii Baker
Vitex tettensis Klotzsch
Common names: Zambezi fingerleaf (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Multi-stemmed shrub or rarely a small tree. Bark grey fairly smooth; young branchlets velvety. Leaves opposite, 3-foliolate; leaflets broadly elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, up to c. 5 × 3 cm, central leaflet largest, thinly textured, often somewhat greyish-green with a whitish bloom, hairless above,sometimes sparsely hairy on the midrib below; margin often with a few teeth in the upper half; petiolules absent on the lateral leaflets, usually short but distinct on the central leaflet. Flowers in few-flowered, axillary heads, c. 1 cm long, white with a purple-blue lower lip. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 1.2 cm long, fleshy, black when ripe, cupped by the persistent calyx.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: petersiana: named after Professor Wilhelm Peters (1815-1863) of Berlin who collected in Mozambique in the early 19th century.
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland and scrub, often with Colophospermum mopane and also on termite mounds
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 1000 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 13 February 2010
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 272.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 78 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 70. (Includes a picture).


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Flora of Mozambique: Vitex petersiana
Flora of Zambia: Vitex petersiana

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African Plant Database: Vitex petersiana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Vitex petersiana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vitex petersiana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Vitex petersiana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Vitex petersiana
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Vitex petersiana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vitex petersiana
Ispot Southern Africa : Vitex petersiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Vitex petersiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Vitex petersiana
Tropicos: Vitex petersiana
West African Plants database: Vitex petersiana


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 petersiana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148950, retrieved 25 August 2016

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