Bridelia atroviridis Müll. Arg.

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Bridelia atroviridis

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Bridelia atroviridis

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Common names: Rare forest bridelia (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree. Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate with conspicuous veining on both surfaces, densely covered in fine hairs along the veins. Flowers in axillary clusters, very small, greenish-yellow. Fruit berry-like, blackish-brown when ripe.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In evergreen forest at medium and low altitudes.
Altitude range: (metres) 950 - 1160 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Wisespread in tropical Africa from Sierra Leone eastwards to Ethiopia and south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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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 408. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

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

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000). Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

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 40.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 19.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 85.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bridelia atroviridis
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Wikipedia: Bridelia atroviridis

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: Bridelia atroviridis., retrieved 24 April 2024

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