Rytigynia umbellulata (Hiern) Robyns

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Rytigynia umbellulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Rytigynia umbellulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Rytigynia umbellulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Rytigynia umbellulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Rytigynia umbellulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

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Synonyms: Canthium lagoense Baill.
Rytigynia concolor (Hiern) Robyns
Rytigynia junodii (Schinz) Robyns
Rytigynia perlucidula Robyns
Rytigynia sparsifolia (S. Moore) Robyns
Rytigynia welwitschii Robyns
Vangueria concolor Hiern
Vangueria euonymoides sensu Burtt Davy
Vangueria ituriensis De Wild.
Vangueria junodii Schinz
Vangueria sparsifolia S. Moore
Vangueria umbellulata Hiern
Common names: Pompon coffee-medlar (English) Pompon rytigynia (English)
Frequency: Very rare in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Description:
Mostly deciduous small tree or shrub, sometimes scrambling; branches slender, often with lenticels. Leaves opposite, oblong-elliptic to ovate or lanceolate, 2-11 cm long, hairless or sparsely to fairly densely appressed hairy, particularly on the midrib; petiole 2-7 mm long; stipules triangular at the base with long slender tip 6-8 mm long. Inflorescences axillary, umbel-like, 2-8-flowered, often together with the young leaves. Flowers, creamy-yellow or greenish-white; tube 2.5-4 mm long with a ring of deflexed hairs on the inside; corolla lobes 1.8-3 mm long, triangular or oblong. Fruit subglobose, 6-9 mm in diameter, black.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: umbellulata: referring to the small, umbel-like inflorescences.
Habitat: In dry forest and woodland, on Kalahari sand, in rocky places and on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Guinea Bissau to Cameroon, Angola, DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia Zimbabwe, Caprivi-Nambibia and Botswana.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Images last updated: Monday 24 March 2014
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 286 - 288.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1082.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 104.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 14. SABONET. Pretoria. Page 169.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 74.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 92.

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

Van Wyk, B., van den Berg, E., Coates Palgrave, M. & Jordaan, M. (2011). Dictionary of names of southern African trees Briza Publications, South Africa Page 583.


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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: Rytigynia umbellulata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155810, retrieved 28 June 2016

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