4966.000 Grewia L.

Description of the genus

Small trees or shrubs, sometimes scrambling or climbing. Stipules lateral. Leaves petiolate, alternate, simple, serrate or rarely entire, 3-7-veined from the base. Flowers in terminal or axillary panicles or in leaf-opposed or axillary umbel-like cymes. Sepals 5, stellately hairy, coloured inside like the petals. Petals 5, most often yellow, less often white and rarely purple (Grewia occidentalis), usually with a nectar-bearing claw or gland at the base. Stamens numerous. Ovary 2-4-locular. Fruit indehiscent, without bristles, a (1-)2-4-lobed drupe with (1-)2-4 pyrenes.

Derivation of name: for Nehemiah Grew (1641-1712), British botanist and physiologist.

Worldwide: 150 species in warm parts of the Old World.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Insects associated with this genus:
Tagiades flesus (Clouded forester, Clouded flat) Larval foodplant
Grewia occidentalis var. occidentalis

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SpeciesContent
occidentalis L. var. occidentalis Description, Image

Other sources of information about Grewia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Grewia
Flora of Caprivi: Grewia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Grewia
Flora of Malawi: Grewia
Flora of Mozambique: Grewia
Flora of Zambia: Grewia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Grewia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Grewia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Grewia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Grewia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Grewia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Grewia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Grewia
JSTOR Plant Science: Grewia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Grewia
Plants of the World Online: Grewia
Tropicos: Grewia
Wikipedia: Grewia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Grewia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=933, retrieved 22 May 2024

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