Psychotria mahonii C.H. Wright

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Psychotria mahonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road in Vumba Botanic Gardens

Psychotria mahonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

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Synonyms: Grumilea punicea S. Moore
Common names: Large bird-berry (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to large tree. It can be distinguished from the similar Psychotria zombamontana by the inflorescences and fruits, which are held erectly above the leaves and are not pendent. Also the undersides of the more leathery leaves in P. mahonii are covered in rough hairs, while the leaves of P. zombamontana are thinner and glabrous. P. mahonii generally grows into a much larger tree while P. zombamontana is an abundantly common understorey pioneer in secondary evergreen forest.
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Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Mainly in evergreen and riverine forest but also in rocky areas of Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 650 - 1850 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 April 2013
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 251.

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 167.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 18 - 19.


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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: Psychotria mahonii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156440, retrieved 24 July 2016

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