Feretia aeruginescens Stapf

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Feretia aeruginescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Feretia aeruginescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Feretia aeruginescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Common names: Feretia (English) Red-leaved medlar (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or small tree. The top layer of the bark is reddish and flaking. Young branches pubescent. Leaves opposite, oblanceolate to obovate, borne on the new branches; densely reddish-brown pubescent below. Flowers white, flushed with pink, solitary or in clusters, borne on the branches and stems. Fruits near-spherical, often crowned with the remains of the calyx; deep red when mature.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine fringes or woodland, usually near water.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 536 - 537. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 620.

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

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 102. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 97.


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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: Feretia aeruginescens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155480, retrieved 25 October 2016

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