Grewia bicolor Juss.

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Grewia bicolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Grewia bicolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Grewia bicolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Grewia bicolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Grewia kwebensis N.E. Br.
Grewia madandensis J.R. Drumm. ex Baker f.
Common names: Mutongoro (Shona) Mwingili (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Ndeywa (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Ngiri (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Sihane (Hlengwe) Umhlampunzi (Ndebele) Umpumpulwane (Ndebele) White-leaved raisin (English)
Status: Native
Mostly a multi-stemmed shrub, occasionally a small tree. Bark dark grey and deeply fissured, peeling away in strips; young branches velvety. Leaves elliptic-oblong to lanceolate, up to 7 × 2 cm, 3-veined from the base, dull green above, silvery-white hairy below; margin finely toothed. Flowers yellow, 1.5 cm in diameter, in axillary heads, often in profusion. Fruit spherical or 2-lobed, each lobe c. 6 mm in diameter, reddish-brown, edible.
Derivation of specific name: bicolor: 2-coloured
Habitat: Occurring most frequently in dry deciduous woodland, occasionally found in areas of higher rainfall at medium altitudes in riverine fringes and on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, Arabia and India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Rufoclanis numosae (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 5 April 2008

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 577. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 428 - 429. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 258.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 315. (Includes a picture).

Kamumvuri, G. (ed.) (2004). Plants of Zimbabwe Report No. 1 National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

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 81.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 72 - 73. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 227.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 49 - 50.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Grewia bicolor., retrieved 16 June 2019

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