Afrocanthium lactescens (Hiern) Lantz

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Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
Domboshawa.

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
Domboshawa.

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
Domboshawa.

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp, at point bend in road

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp, at point bend in road

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp, at point bend in road

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
Hillside Dams,Bulawayo

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

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Synonyms: Canthium lactescens Hiern
Canthium randii S. Moore
Common names: Gummy canthium (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small tree with horizontal branches. Bark smooth, somewhat rough in older specimens, purplish-grey; bark and leaves exuding a gum-like sap when damaged. Leaves opposite, mostly at the ends of new shoots, ovate to broadly elliptic, 7-18 cm long, hairless or slightly velvet below. Stipules persistent and woody. Flowers in many-flowered heads on the old nodes, whitish to pale yellow, small, sweetly scented. Fruit 7-12 mm in diameter, squarish, distinctly 2-lobed, yellow to purple-brown when ripe, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: lactescens: milky
Habitat: In deciduous woodland, often among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 15 March 2014
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 325 - 327. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1090.

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


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Afrocanthium lactescens
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West African Plants database: Afrocanthium lactescens


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: Afrocanthium lactescens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155890, retrieved 4 December 2016

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