Gardenia imperialis K. Schum.
subsp. imperialis

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Gardenia imperialis subsp. imperialis

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Pungwe valley, Nyanga District

Gardenia imperialis subsp. imperialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
BR

Gardenia imperialis subsp. imperialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
BR

Gardenia imperialis subsp. imperialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
BR

Gardenia imperialis subsp. imperialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
BR

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Synonyms:
Common names: Large pink gardenia (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small, slender tree. Leaves opposite, crowded near the ends of branches, large, up to 25 cm, elliptic to obovate, thickly leathery. Flowers large, c. 13 cm in diameter, white flushed with pink or greenish-red. Fruit ellipsoid, crowned with the old calyx lobes, yellowish to brown.
Notes: Though widespread in tropical Africa, this is a rare species in Zimbabwe, recorded only from a few low-altitude, high rainfall areas in Eastern Zimbabwe. Most records are old and the habitats may no longer exist. The only recent records are from riverine forest on a farm in Burma Valley and this area may also be under threat.
Derivation of specific name: imperialis: imperial, kingly
Habitat: In evergreen riverine and swamp forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1220 m
Flowering time:Aug - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 28 August 2012
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 275. As Gardenia imperialis

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


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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Gardenia imperialis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gardenia imperialis
Ispot Southern Africa : Gardenia imperialis
JSTOR Plant Science: Gardenia imperialis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gardenia imperialis
Tropicos: Gardenia imperialis
West African Plants database: Gardenia imperialis


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: Gardenia imperialis subsp. imperialis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155330, retrieved 27 May 2016

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