Tapiphyllum velutinum (Hiern) Robyns

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Tapiphyllum velutinum

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Tapiphyllum velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten

Tapiphyllum velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten

Tapiphyllum velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten

Tapiphyllum velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Tapiphyllum vestitum Robyns
Common names: Mutandakashama (Shona) Umviyomaqaqa (Ndebele) Velvet-leaf (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark greyish-brown, flaking to reveal orange-red layer beneath. Young branches densely woolly. Leaves oblong to almost round, densely covered in woolly hairs, with conspicuous veining, grey-green, paler below. Flowers in axillary clusters, pale yellowish-green to bright yellow. Fruit spherical crowned by the persistent calyx lobes, densely covered in velvety hairs, yellow-brown when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: velutinum: velvety
Habitat: In open woodland often among rocks
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 22 February 2013

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 262 - 263.

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

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

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 169.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tapiphyllum velutinum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155780, retrieved 21 January 2018

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