Pteleopsis myrtifolia (M.A. Lawson) Engl. & Diels

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Pteleopsis myrtifolia

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Bue Maria, Nhambita, Gorongosa

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

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Along trail above Garuzo hotel, going to the waterfall, Mt Garuzo, Manica

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

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Whaleback near Zembe along Sussundenga road

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

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Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

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Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path from Nhago Camp to nearby settlement, Coutada 12

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Combretum myrtifolium M.A. Lawson
Common names: Mufundabalo (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Musunganyemba (Shona) Shiri (Hlengwe) Two-winged pteleopsis (English) Two-winged stink-bushwillow (English) Umsunganyama (Ndebele)
Description: Dense, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite or subopposite, elliptic, shiny green above. Flowers in axillary rounded heads, unpleasantly scented, creamy-white to yellow. Fruits 2-3-winged (rarely 4 or 5-winged), greenish-yellow, drying to light brown.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: myrtifolia: leaves like the Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Image last updated: Tuesday 24 February 2009
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 687. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 46.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 814 - 815.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 494.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 46.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 263.

Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 163 - 165. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 361. (Includes a picture).

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 35.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 42.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 470 - 473. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 48.

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 48.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 70.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 338 - 339. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 396 - 397. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 196 - 197. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Caprivi: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Malawi: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Mozambique: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Zambia: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pteleopsis myrtifolia

External websites:

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


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Pteleopsis myrtifolia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=142120, retrieved 7 July 2020

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