Uapaca sansibarica Pax

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Uapaca sansibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mia Falls Rd, Burma Valley

Uapaca sansibarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mia Falls Rd, Burma Valley

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Common names: Lesser mahobohobo (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves clustered near the ends of branches, obovate, stiff and leathery, shiny green above, paler below. Flowers greenish-yellow; sexes mostly on different trees. Fruit fleshy spherical, yellow when ripe.
Notes: This species closely resembles Uapaca kirkiana but both leaves and fruits are considerably smaller; leaves are usually more shiny green; and it is a species of more restricted distribution in high rainfall, low altitude woodland.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In deciduous woodland and bamboo thickets.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, D. R. Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; throughout East Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Abantis bamptoni (Larval foodplant)
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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 421. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57.

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

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 251.

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

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 43.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 98 - 100. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 89.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 97.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Uapaca sansibarica
Flora of Malawi: Uapaca sansibarica
Flora of Mozambique: Uapaca sansibarica
Flora of Zambia: Uapaca sansibarica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Uapaca sansibarica
African Plant Database: Uapaca sansibarica
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Uapaca sansibarica
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Wikipedia: Uapaca sansibarica

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: Uapaca sansibarica., retrieved 16 April 2024

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