Cryptocarya liebertiana Engl.

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Cryptocarya liebertiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Cryptocarya liebertiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Cryptocarya liebertiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

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Common names: Tropical wild-quince (English) Wild quince (English)
Status: Native
Medium to large evergreen tree, often with a buttressed stem. Bark grey-brown, shallowly fissured, reddish brown when slashed, revealing creamy-white wood. Leaves oblong to slightly ovate up to 10 × 4 cm, dark glossy green above, pale blue-green below, more or less distinctly 3-veined from above the base; apex rounded, obtuse or emarginate; margin entire, wavy. Flowers in short axillary heads, greenish and inconspicuous. Fruit subspherical, c. 2 cm in diameter, dark red to purple when ripe.
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Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 2600 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Thursday 21 June 2007

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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 57.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 115.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 73.

Other sources of information about Cryptocarya liebertiana:

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Flora of Malawi: Cryptocarya liebertiana
Flora of Mozambique: Cryptocarya liebertiana

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cryptocarya liebertiana., retrieved 18 October 2021

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