Coptosperma supra-axillare (Hemsl.) Degreef

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Coptosperma supra-axillare

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Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma.

Coptosperma supra-axillare

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma.

Coptosperma supra-axillare

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma.

Coptosperma supra-axillare

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Cloud Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Coptosperma supra-axillare

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River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa national Park

Coptosperma supra-axillare

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River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa national Park

Coptosperma supra-axillare

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River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa national Park

Coptosperma supra-axillare

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River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa national Park

Coptosperma supra-axillare

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Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Coptosperma supra-axillare

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Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Pavetta supra-axillaris Hemsl.
Stylocoryne barbertonensis Bremek.
Tarenna barbertonensis (Bremek.) Bremek.
Tarenna supra-axillaris (Hemsl.) Bremek.
Tarenna supra-axillaris (Hemsl.) Bremek. subsp. barbertonensis (Bremek.) Bridson
Common names: Narrow-leaved butterspoon (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small evergreen tree. All parts glabrous. Leaves opposite, simple, narrowly elliptic, up to 10 cm long, shiny green, leathery; domatia absent; stipules ovate, 2-5 mm long, falling early. Flowers in pendunculate, branched, axillary heads; corolla c. 7 mm long, creamy-white; lobes reflexed. Fruit spherical, black when ripe, crowned with the remains of the calyx.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: supra-axillare: supra-axillary, i.e. arising above the axil
Habitat: In woodland, riverine and lowland forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 900 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also In Aldabra and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Friday 1 January 2016
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 613 - 615. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 1046 - 1047.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 71.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 650 - 651. as Tarenna supra-axillaris subsp barbertonensis (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 288 - 289. as Tarenna supra-axillaris (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 330 - 331. (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: Coptosperma supra-axillare.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155250, retrieved 26 August 2016

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