Carpolobia goetzei Gürke

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Synonyms: Carpolobia conradsiana Engl.
Common names: Carpolobia (English)
Frequency: Uncertain. Records from southern Zimbabwe need verification, as the regular distribution of this species is to the north of Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Branches finely scaly, often spine-tipped. Leaves spirally arranged, obovate to elliptic, 3-11 cm with prominent net-veining on both surfaces; margin entire. Flowers in short axillary sprays, white to cream; petals almost similar in shape and size, c. 1.5 cm long. Fruit spherical, c. 1.3 cm in diameter, fleshy, orange to black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: goetzei: after Walter Goetze (1872-1899), German naturalist, explorer, photographer and collector of botanical and zoological specimens in Tanzania.
Habitat: In dry open woodland and riverine thickets.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Sudan to Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 394. (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 304. As Carpolobia conradsiana

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 67.

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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: Carpolobia goetzei., retrieved 20 April 2024

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