Morus australis Poir.

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Morus australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland

Morus australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland

Morus australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue Greendale

Morus australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue Greendale

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Synonyms: Morus alba L.
Morus indica auctt. non L.
Common names: Common mulberry (English)
Description: Small deciduous tree with a rounded crown and often drooping branches. Leaves light green, somewhat glossy with distinct venation; margin coarsely dentate, sometimes lobed. Flowers in small cylindical spikes. Fruit a cylindric cluster of small berry-like syncarps, from almost white to deep red, turning purple-black when ripe.
Notes: Widely cultivated for its edible fruit. It is known as a common naturalised escape particularly around Harare. It is not an agressive invader (yet) but is a declared invader in South Africa.
Derivation of specific name: alba: white
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Native of China, naturalised elsewhere
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Insects associated with this species: spilosoma lineata (Larval foodplant)
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Image last updated: Sunday 2 April 2006
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 336 - 340. As Morus alba (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 233. As Morus alba

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 63.

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Flora of Zambia: Morus australis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Morus australis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Morus australis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Morus australis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Morus australis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Morus australis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Morus australis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Morus australis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Morus australis
iNaturalist: Morus australis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Morus australis
JSTOR Plant Science: Morus australis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Morus australis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Morus australis
Plants of the World Online: Morus australis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Morus australis
Tropicos: Morus australis
Wikipedia: Morus australis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Morus australis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=120120, retrieved 11 December 2019

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