Keetia gueinzii (Sond.) Bridson

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Keetia gueinzii

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Woodland rd, Vumba

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Synonyms: Canthium gueinzii Sond.
Common names: Climbing turkey-berry (English) Mudanhanashoko (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent in the E Highlands
Status: Native
Evergreen climber or scrambling shrub. Leaves opposite, variously hairy below with domatia, ovate to oblong-lanceolate. Flowers in dense axillary clusters, creamy-white, sweetly scented. Fruit in clusters, sometimes two-lobed, blackish when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: gueinzii: after Wilhelm Gueinzius (1814-1874), German apothecary and naturalist in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In margins of evergreen forest, in various types of woodland and in bush clumps in montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Cameroon to Ethiopia and south to Swaziland and Eastern Cape, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 363 - 365. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 242. (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 Canthium gueinzii

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 164.


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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: Keetia gueinzii., retrieved 27 October 2016

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