Feretia aeruginescens Stapf

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Feretia aeruginescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Feretia aeruginescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Feretia aeruginescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Feretia aeruginescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Feretia apodanthera Delile var. australis K. Schum.
Sericanthe andongensis var. mollis sensu Robbrecht p.p. non (Hiern) Robbr.
Common names: Feretia (English) Red-leaved medlar (English)
Description: Scrambling shrub or small tree. The top layer of the bark is reddish and flaking. Young branches pubescent. Leaves opposite, oblanceolate to obovate, borne on the new branches; densely reddish-brown pubescent below. Flowers white, flushed with pink, solitary or in clusters, borne on the branches and stems. Fruits near-spherical, often crowned with the remains of the calyx; deep red when mature.
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Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Katanga DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Caprivi Namibia.
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Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 536 - 537. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 973. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1063. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 620.

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 101.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 275.

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 462 - 463. (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 72.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 88.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 102. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 97.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 270 - 271. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 318 - 319. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Feretia aeruginescens
Flora of Caprivi: Feretia aeruginescens
Flora of Malawi: Feretia aeruginescens
Flora of Mozambique: Feretia aeruginescens
Flora of Zambia: Feretia aeruginescens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Feretia aeruginescens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Feretia aeruginescens
African Plant Database: Feretia aeruginescens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Feretia aeruginescens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Feretia aeruginescens
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JSTOR Plant Science: Feretia aeruginescens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Feretia aeruginescens
Plants of the World Online: Feretia aeruginescens
Tropicos: Feretia aeruginescens
Wikipedia: Feretia aeruginescens

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: Species information: Feretia aeruginescens.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=155480, retrieved 15 July 2024

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