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Road East of Casa Banana, northern boundary Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
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Vitex sp. no. 2 sensu Drummond (1975) Vitex sp. no. 2 sensu K. Coates Palgrave (1977)
Large fingerleaf (English)
Description: Scrambling shrub or tree. Bark grey to brown; young branchlets 4-angled. Leaves 5-foliolate, lower most leaflets usually much smaller. Leaflets elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, dark green, somewhat scabrid above, densely covered in brownish hairs below; margin entire or toothed in apical half; petiolules short or absent. Flowers in short dense axillary clusters, white with cream to pale yellow. Fruit almost round, 4-6 mm in diameter, fleshy, white to purple-black.
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Habitat: Occurring on sandy soils in deciduous woodland and riverine thickets.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1500 m
Flowering time: Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 February 2009
Lamiaceae Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 76 - 77. Comments
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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.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Vitex schliebenii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148960, retrieved 25 August 2016
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