Rutidea orientalis Bridson

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Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to spice garden, Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to spice garden, Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to spice garden, Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River at Aberfoyle Country Club, Honde Valley.

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River at Aberfoyle Country Club, Honde Valley.

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Synonyms: Rutidea syringoides (Webb) Bremek.
Common names: Fringe tail (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
A scrambling shrub or climber. Leaves opposite, broadly elliptic to oblanceolate, glossy dark green above, paler with yellowish hairs and conspicuous domatia below. Stipules broad-based, fringed with a large number of hair-like tails, sometimes curling. Flowers in dense clusters, small, white, strongly scented. Fruits yellow to orange, turning purple-black when ripe, crowned with the persistent calyx lobes. See Rutidea fuscescens for comparison.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: orientalis: oriental, eastern
Habitat: In deep shade in gully and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 350 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Friday 2 March 2012
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 621 - 623. (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 252.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1125.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 277. As Rutidea syringoides

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.

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, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Rutidea orientalis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156400, retrieved 28 September 2016

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