Turraea fischeri Gürke
subsp. eylesii (Baker f.) Styles & F.White

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Turraea fischeri subsp. eylesii

Photo: Richard Peek
Near Marula

Turraea fischeri subsp. eylesii

Photo: Richard Peek
Near Marula

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Synonyms: Turraea eylesii Baker f.
Common names: Matobo honeysuckle-tree (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree to 8 m tall. Leaves: petiole up to 1 cm; lamina ovate to elliptic, glabrous beneath; base cuneate to rounded; apex bluntly acuminate. Flowers borne in an axillary 1-2(-3)-flowered fascicle. Calyx 2-4 mm. Petals linear to linear-spathulate, 25-30 × 4 mm. Staminal tube 15-25 mm long, white, distinctly curved, not bearded at the throat; appendages shorter than the anthers. Ovary 9-10-locular. Capsule 8 × 13 mm, depressed-spherical, shallowly furrowed, puberulous.
Derivation of specific name: fischeri: named after Dr Gustav Fischer (1848-1886), German doctor and naturalist, who collected in Kenya and Tanzania.
Habitat: On granite outcrops
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Endemic to the Matobo Hills.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
Insects associated with this species: Pseudaphelia apollinaris (Food plant)
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Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 448. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 249.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 180.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 143.

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 62.

White, F. & Styles, B.T. (1963). Meliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 312.

Other sources of information about Turraea fischeri subsp. eylesii:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Turraea fischeri
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Turraea fischeri
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Turraea fischeri
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Turraea fischeri
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Turraea fischeri
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Turraea fischeri
JSTOR Plant Science: Turraea fischeri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Turraea fischeri
Plants of the World Online: Turraea fischeri
Tropicos: Turraea fischeri
Wikipedia: Turraea fischeri

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: Species information: Turraea fischeri subsp. eylesii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133470, retrieved 30 May 2024

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