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: 27 taxa.

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

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
avellana HiernWDescription, Image
bicolor Juss.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
caffra Meisn.SDescription, Image
cyclopetala WawraN
decemovulata Merxm.N,W,C,SDescription, Image
flava DC.W,C,SDescription, Image
flavescens Juss. var. flavescens N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
gracillima WildN,C,E,S
herbacea Welw. ex HiernN,W,CDescription, Image
hexamita BurretSDescription, Image
hornbyi Wild[NrEnd]S
inaequilatera GarckeN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
lepidopetala GarckeN,E,SImage
micrantha BojerN,C,E,SDescription, Image
microcarpa K. Schum.E,SDescription, Image
monticola Sond.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
occidentalis L. var. occidentalis EDescription, Image
olukondae SchinzN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pachycalyx K. Schum.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
praecox K. Schum.N,W,C,E
retinervis BurretN,W,C,SDescription
schinzii K. Schum.W,C
stolzii Ulbr.C,E,SDescription, Image
subspathulata N.E. Br.N,W,C,E,S
sulcata Mast.E,SDescription, Image
tenax (Forssk.) FioriSDescription, Image
villosa Willd.N,W,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Grewia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Grewia
Flora of Caprivi: Grewia
Flora of Malawi: Grewia
Flora of Mozambique: Grewia
Flora of Zambia: Grewia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Grewia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=933, retrieved 9 December 2023

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