Erythrococca polyandra (Pax & K. Hoffm.) Prain

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Erythrococca polyandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Tsetsera, Manica

Erythrococca polyandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Tsetsera, Manica

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Synonyms: Claoxylon polyandrum Pax & K. Hoffm
Common names: Forest red-berry (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree with long arching branches. Leaves alternate, elliptic to ovate, up to 13 × 7 cm, thinly textured dark green, sometimes purple-tinged, hairless except for sparse hairs on the veins when young, single-veined from the base; apex with a long driptip; base rounded with several small orange glands; margin with shallow, irregular glandular teeth. Flowers unisexual on different trees small, greenish; female flowers in few-flowered axillary clusters on peduncles up to 3 cm long; male flowers in very slender few-flowered racemes. Fruit 2-lobed, 5-9 mm in diameter, drying purplish, dehiscent. Seeds covered in an orange-red aril.
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Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 1980 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 173 - 174.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 73.

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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: Erythrococca polyandra., retrieved 19 May 2024

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