Turraea obtusifolia Hochst.

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Turraea obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp, Matobo National Park

Turraea obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp, Matobo National Park

Turraea obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp, Matobo National Park

Turraea obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Turraea obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

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Synonyms: Turraea oblancifolia Bremek.
Turraea obtusifolia Hochst. var. matopensis Baker f.
Common names: Lesser honeysuckle tree (English) Small honeysuckle-tree (English)
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or occasionally a small tree. Branches with rusty-brown lenticels young shoots very finely hairy. Leaves alternate or often clustered on dwarf spur branchlets, to 5 × 2.5 cm but usually only 3-3.5 cm long, very variable in shape, elliptic to oblanceolate, often with the apical part more or less 3-lobed or triangular, glossy green, hairless; margin entire. Flowers in 1-3 flowered axillary clusters, large, white; petals narrow, up to 3.5 cm long; staminal tube 2.5-3.5 cm long. Fruit a distinct 5-lobed woody capsule, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, splitting into 5 crimson red valves. Fruits and flowers may occur on the tree together.
Derivation of specific name: obtusifolia: with obtuse leaves
Habitat: On rocky hillsides and kopjes in our area but in dune vegetation elsewhere.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Pseudaphelia apollinaris (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 8 April 2015

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Flora of Botswana: Turraea obtusifolia
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Turraea obtusifolia

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

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 obtusifolia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133500, retrieved 25 May 2024

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