Vangueria esculenta S. Moore

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Vangueria esculenta

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Catapu, Sofala, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: var. glabra S. Moore
Common names: Chirinda wild medlar (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic to ovate, thinly textured, covered in short hairs on both surfaces, sometimes almost hairless, fine net-veining distinct. Flowers in small clusters, whitish, yellow or pale green, c. 10 mm in diameter. Fruit in pendulous clusters, subspherical, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, green to yellowish brown when ripe.
Notes: Note: In Zimbabwe it is mainly known from the Chirinda Forest. Records from elsewhere are scattered and rare.
Derivation of specific name: esculenta: edible
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 276.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 99.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 224.


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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: Vangueria esculenta., retrieved 24 May 2016

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