Diospyros whyteana F. White

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Diospyros whyteana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamaropa Falls, Wattle Co. Estate, Nyanga

Diospyros whyteana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamaropa Falls, Wattle Co. Estate, Nyanga

Diospyros whyteana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Royena lucida L.
Royena whyteana Hiern
Common names: Bladder-nut (English) Nyapahuro (Shona) Nyatsipa (Shona)
Description: Evergreen shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic-oblong, shiny dark green above, lighter green below; margin densely fringed with hairs, especially when young. Flowers in short axillary sprays, white, stalk and calyx covered in white hairs. The calyx is persistent, the five lobes joining to form a swollen capsule, completely enveloping the fruits.
Notes: The fruits are edible and the seeds are used as a coffee substitute.
Derivation of specific name: whyteanum: after Alexander Whyte (1834-1908), Scottish plant explorer, and botanist who collected in Liberia, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda.
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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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: Diospyros whyteana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=144080, retrieved 17 September 2019

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