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Pungwe valley, Nyanga District
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Large pink gardenia (English)
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.
Growth form: ST
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
Insects (whose larvae eat this species):
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Content last updated: Tuesday 28 August 2012
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Other sources of information about Gardenia imperialis: Flora of Mozambique
Gardenia imperialis Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Gardenia imperialis EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Gardenia imperialis ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Gardenia imperialis Flora Zambesiaca
Gardenia imperialis Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Gardenia imperialis IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Gardenia imperialis JSTOR Plant Science
Gardenia imperialis Kew Herbarium catalogue
Gardenia imperialis Tropicos
Gardenia imperialis West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gardenia imperialis subsp. imperialis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155330, retrieved 21 May 2013
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