Uvaria gracilipes N. Robson

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Uvaria gracilipes

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Pande, Inhassoro District.

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Common names: Small-leaved cluster-pear (English)
Status: Native
Small rounded, scrambling shrub. Bark grey with lenticels; young branchlets covered in short reddish hairs. Leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute or subacute at the apex, cuneate to rounded but not decurrent at the base, up to 7 × 2.5 cm, sparsely stellate-hairy below when young, mostly hairless when mature; margin entire, wavy. Flowers solitary, extra-axillary, yellow, on a slender stalk 2-3 cm long. Fruit of 3-6 carpels, c. 2.5 cm long, blackish-purple when dry.
Notes: This species is similar and closely related to U. caffra E.Mey. ex Sond., which does not occur in our area.
Derivation of specific name: gracilipes: with a graceful or slender "foot", referring to the slender flower stalks
Habitat: In semi-evergreen forest and along river banks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 300 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Friday 19 August 2016

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 204.

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 23.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

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 17.

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 109 - 112. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Uvaria gracilipes
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Uvaria gracilipes
The Plant List (version 1.1): Uvaria gracilipes
Tropicos: Uvaria gracilipes

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Uvaria gracilipes.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123780, retrieved 20 March 2018

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