Rothmannia fischeri (K. Schum.) Bullock
subsp. fischeri

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Rothmannia fischeri subsp. fischeri

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Near Marondera.

Rothmannia fischeri subsp. fischeri

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Near Marondera.

Rothmannia fischeri subsp. fischeri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bushman's Point, Lake Chivero RP

Rothmannia fischeri subsp. fischeri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bushman's Point, Lake Chivero RP

Rothmannia fischeri subsp. fischeri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bushman's Point, Lake Chivero RP

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Synonyms: Randia fischeri K. Schum.
Common names: Woodland rothmannia (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Bark grey-brown, smooth and peeling, revealing patches of the rusty underlayer. Leaves opposite, narrowly to broadly elliptic to obovate, somewhat leathery, shiny dark green above, paler below, hairless except for hairtuft domatia in the axils of the lateral veins and the midrib. Flowers bell-shaped and showy, solitary, up to 8 cm in diameter, cream with purple-pink markings in the corolla throat. Fruit spherical, hard, 3-6 cm in diameter, green with pale spots, turning blackish when ripe. See subsp. moramballae (Hiern) Bridson for comparison
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: fischeri: named after Dr Gustav Fischer (1848-1886), German doctor, explorer and collector in Tanzania.
Habitat: In semi-deciduous woodland, on rocky hillsides and in evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 21 October 2011
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 653 - 654.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 252. (Includes a picture).

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

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 204 - 205. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 168.


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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: Rothmannia fischeri subsp. fischeri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155390, retrieved 26 September 2016

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