Gardenia ternifolia Schumach. & Thonn.
subsp. jovis-tonantis
var. goetzei (Stapf & Hutch.) Verdc.

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Gardenia ternifolia subsp. jovis-tonantis var. goetzei

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Synonyms: Gardenia asperula Stapf & Hutch.
Gardenia goetzei Stapf & Hutch.
Gardenia jovis-tonantis (Welw.) Hiern
Common names: Mutara (Shona) Mutarara (Shona) Mutarura (Shona) Powder-bark gardenia (English) Umvalasangwana (Ndebele) Wild gardenia (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small, spreading tree. Leaves in whorls of 3 on short, rigid side branchlets, oblanceolate to obovate, roughly hairy on both surfaces; hair-tuft domatia present. Flowers solitary at the ends of the branchlets, white, turning yellow when fading, sweetly scented. Fruit ovoid, 5 × 3.5 cm, velvety, yellowish brown, crowned with the remains of the calyx.
Derivation of specific name: ternifolia: leaves in threes; jovis-tonantis: "Jupiter the Thunderer", meaning obscure; goetzei: after W. Goetze, German Botanist and collector in Tanzania
Habitat: In wooded grassland, on kopjes, and along streams and vleis, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Limpopo, S Africa to Kenya and West Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Content last updated: Sunday 7 October 2007


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gardenia ternifolia subsp. jovis-tonantis var. goetzei., retrieved 2 April 2015

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