Morella microbracteata (Weim.) Verdc. & Polhill

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Morella microbracteata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park

Morella microbracteata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park

Morella microbracteata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park

Morella microbracteata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park

Morella microbracteata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park

Morella microbracteata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park

Morella microbracteata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park

Morella microbracteata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park

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Synonyms: Myrica microbracteata Weim.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub, 1.2-3 m tall, dioecious or monoecious with male flowers at the base of otherwise female catkins. Leaves subsessile, linear-oblanceolate, 20-45 mm long, 5-8 times as long as broad, hairless but with golden glands beneath and sometimes also above; margin coarsely toothed in the upper part of the leaf; petiole 1-1.5 mm comprising the basal pulvinus. Male catkins 8-10 mm long; stamens 3-4. Female catkins 10-15 mm long, sometimes with a few male flowers at the base. Fruit globose to slightly depressed globose, 2.5-3 mm in diameter.
Notes: This species is considered endemic to Mt Nyangani in Zimbabwe but the specimen in the images was apparently found c. 26 km Southwest of The actual mountain. Some literature also mentions its possible occurrence localized in South Africa.
Derivation of specific name: microbracteata: with very small bracts.
Habitat: Montane grassland among rocks and along streams.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2530 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Apparently only known from the Nyanga area, Zimbabwe (but see note).
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status: Endemic?
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 9 January 2019
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 124.

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

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.

Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2006). Myricaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 258 - 259.


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


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: Species information: Morella microbracteata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120030, retrieved 20 November 2019

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