Vangueria infausta Burch.
subsp. infausta

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Vangueria infausta subsp. infausta

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Vangueria infausta subsp. infausta

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Domboshawa

Vangueria infausta subsp. infausta

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Silveira House, Chisawasha

Vangueria infausta subsp. infausta

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Silveira House, Chisawasha

Vangueria infausta subsp. infausta

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Hippo Pools, by road in to camp

Vangueria infausta subsp. infausta

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Hippo Pools, by road in to camp

Vangueria infausta subsp. infausta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by road in to camp

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Synonyms: Vangueria tomentosa Hochst.
Common names: Munjiro (Shona) Munzviro (Shona) Munzvirwa (Shona) Umthofu (Ndebele) Umviyo (Ndebele) Velvet wild medlar (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Small deciduous tree. Young branches and leaves velvety hairy. Flowers in branched, densely hairy inflorescences, greenish-yellow creamy-white, appearing before the leaves are fully developed. Fruits in pairs along the branches, held below the leaves, round, up to 45 mm, green to yellowish brown when ripe. The fruits are edible.
Notes: Superficially similar to Vangueriopsis lanciflora when in leaf. Subsp. rotundata is distinguished by more extensively branched inflorescences, fully developed leaves at the time of flowering and more pointed corolla lobes. It is found in Eastern Zimbabwe.

Note: the leaves of this species and other species of Vangueria are often infested with distinctly stalked galls.
Derivation of specific name: infausta: bad luck or disastrous; probably referring to the traditional superstitions involved with this tree.
Habitat: In different types of woodland and wooded grassland, often on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1870 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Rwanda and Tanzania to KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Heterorachis devocata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 14 November 2015
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 249 - 250.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 614 - 615. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 276. As Vangueria infausta

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

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 82. As Vangueria tomentosa (Includes a picture).


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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 infausta subsp. infausta.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155720, retrieved 6 December 2016

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