Mallotus oppositifolius (Geiseler) Müll. Arg.
var. oppositifolius

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Mallotus oppositifolius var. oppositifolius

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Common names: Mallotus (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark pale greenish-grey, slightly roughish and scaly. Leaves opposite, up to 17 × 13 cm, one of a pair distinctly smaller than the other, heart-shaped to broadly ovate, sometimes somewhat 3-lobed, covered with mixed simple and stellate hairs, domatia present in the axils of the main veins below, 3-5-veined from the base with 4 small glands near the base above; margin more or less entire, wavy. Flowers in axillary spike-like racemes, greenish-yellow with purple anthers, unisexual, sexes on different trees. Fruit deeply 3-lobed c. 10 mm in diameter, greenish-yellow.
Notes: The taxon in Zimbabwe is f. polycytotrichus Radcl.-Sm., which is confined to the Chirinda Forest.
Derivation of specific name: oppositifolius: with opposite leaves
Habitat: Occurring in mixed evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 m (approx)
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: See notes below.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Images last updated: Tuesday 4 August 2009

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 460. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 164.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 139.

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 42.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 179 - 182. as Mallotus oppositifolius oppositifolius forma glabratus and forma polycytotrichus

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 88.

Other sources of information about Mallotus oppositifolius var. oppositifolius:

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Flora of Malawi: Mallotus oppositifolius var. oppositifolius
Flora of Mozambique: Mallotus oppositifolius var. oppositifolius
Flora of Zambia: Mallotus oppositifolius var. oppositifolius

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mallotus oppositifolius
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mallotus oppositifolius
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mallotus oppositifolius
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Mallotus oppositifolius
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Mallotus oppositifolius
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Mallotus oppositifolius
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Mallotus oppositifolius
iNaturalist: Mallotus oppositifolius
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mallotus oppositifolius
JSTOR Plant Science: Mallotus oppositifolius
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mallotus oppositifolius
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mallotus oppositifolius
Plants of the World Online: Mallotus oppositifolius
Tropicos: Mallotus oppositifolius
Wikipedia: Mallotus oppositifolius

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Mallotus oppositifolius var. oppositifolius., retrieved 20 October 2021

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