Crossopteryx febrifuga (Afzel. ex G. Don) Benth.

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Crossopteryx febrifuga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by rd from Mutare to Birchenough Bridge

Crossopteryx febrifuga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Crossopteryx febrifuga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Crossopteryx febrifuga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Crossopteryx febrifuga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Crossopteryx febrifuga

Photo: Petra Ballings
Zambezi National Park.

Crossopteryx febrifuga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Crossopteryx febrifuga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Crossopteryx febrifuga

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Rondeletia febrifuga Afzel. ex G. Don
Tarenna mossambicensis Hiern
Common names: Common crown-berry (English) Crystal-bark (English) Mubakatirwa (Shona) Mugoko (Shona) Mukombegwa (Shona) Mukombigo (Shona) Muteyo (Shona) Umphokophokwana (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small deciduous tree. Leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate, variously hairy or glabrous with conspicuous net-veining below. Flowers small, in dense terminal heads, creamy-white, sometimes tinged with pink. Fruit in clusters of ovoid capsules, crowned with the scars of the calyces.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: febrifuga: referring to the use in traditional medicine to reduce fever.
Habitat: In sandy soils in dry mixed woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia and Senegal, throughout much of tropical Africa, as far south as Limpopo, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 5 March 2016
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 626 - 628. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1038.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 610.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 274.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 102. (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 624 - 625. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 97.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 162.

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 222.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 270 - 271. (Includes a picture).


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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. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crossopteryx febrifuga.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155140, retrieved 29 August 2016

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