Bridelia micrantha (Hochst.) Baill.

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Bridelia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Bridelia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Bridelia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

Bridelia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms:
Common names: Mitzeerie (English) Mudzinza (Shona) Mufukusi (Shona) Mukodokodo (Shona) Mukwandu (Shona) Mushungunu (Shona) Mutorarwizi (Shona) Mutsetsauta (Shona) Mutugusi (Shona)
Frequency: Common in high rainfall areas
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized tree, evergreen or deciduous. Young branchlets often with spines, occasionally blunt thorns are still present on older branches. Leaves elliptic to obovate, glossy dark green, paler below; young leaves often purplish. Flowers unisexual on the same tree, very small, yellow-green, in axillary clusters. Fruit an ellipsoid berry, blackish when ripe, edible and sweet.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: micrantha: small-flowered
Habitat: In riverine forest, woodland and along forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1750 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa to the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Also in Réunion.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Abantis paradisea (Food plant)
Anaphe reticulata (Larval foodplant)
Charaxes castor flavifasciatus (Larval foodplant)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Saturday 24 February 2007
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 409. (Includes a picture).

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

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 20 - 21.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 35.

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

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


Other sources of information about Bridelia micrantha:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Bridelia micrantha
Flora of Mozambique: Bridelia micrantha
Flora of Zambia: Bridelia micrantha

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bridelia micrantha
African Plant Database: Bridelia micrantha
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Bridelia micrantha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bridelia micrantha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bridelia micrantha
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bridelia micrantha
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bridelia micrantha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Bridelia micrantha
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Bridelia micrantha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bridelia micrantha
Ispot Southern Africa: Bridelia micrantha
JSTOR Plant Science: Bridelia micrantha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bridelia micrantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bridelia micrantha
The Plant List (version 1.1): Bridelia micrantha
Tropicos: Bridelia micrantha


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bridelia micrantha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134700, retrieved 17 November 2018

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