Hoslundia opposita Vahl

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Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, near Inn on the Vumba

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, near Inn on the Vumba

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Twentydales ext., Epworth, Harare.

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mahenye rd, Ndowoyo CL.

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Common names: Amalilibhobo (Ndebele) Butter-berry (English) Hwahwa-hweshiri (Shona) Muvuvudzi (Shona) Orange bird-berry (English) Umbovana (Ndebele) Utshwala-benyoni (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub-like aromatic perennial herb up to 3m tall, often regenerating and flowering after fire. Stems and branches sharply 4-angled; branches and leaves opposite. Leaves elliptic, velvety; margin serrate; petiole short. Flowers in terminal branched inflorescences, greenish-white, small. Fruit, ovoid, ribbed, bright orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: opposita: opposite, referring to the branches and the leaves
Habitat: In open Brachystegia woodland and grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 1540 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Acherontia atropos (Food plant)
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 272.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 395. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 67. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 78.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 215.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hoslundia opposita
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West African Plants database: Hoslundia opposita

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: Hoslundia opposita.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150110, retrieved 25 May 2016

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