Hexalobus monopetalus (A. Rich.) Engl. & Diels[Agg]

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Hexalobus monopetalus

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Umvumvumvu Gorge

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Synonyms: Hexalobus glabrescens Hutch. & Dalz. ex Burtt Davy
Hexalobus senegalensis A. DC.
Common names: Baboons' breakfast (English) Muhodzongwa (Shona) Mukorongwa (Shona) Mukwingiziri (Shona) Munyani (Shona) Mupodzongo (Shona) Mupodzongwa (Shona) Musakama (Shona) Shakama plum (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or small tree. Leaves alternate, held in one plane, oblong-elliptic to obovate with variously covered in short reddish hairs on the undersurface, sometimes only along the midrib. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils with long slender, twisted petals, usually opening only when the tree is leafless. Fruit in 1-3 cylindric segments, sparsely covered in short hairs, red when ripe, edible.
Notes: The two varieties, var. monopetalus and var. obovatus are treated separately.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In hot dry woodland and scrub, on rocky hillsides and in riverine thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) 870 - 1360 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Graphium antheus (Food plant)
Graphium morania (Larval foodplant)
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Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 32 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 56 - 57. (Includes a picture).


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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: Hexalobus monopetalus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=164520, retrieved 31 May 2016

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