Grewia retinervis Burret

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Synonyms: Grewia deserticola Ulbr.
Vincentia retinervis (Burret) Burret
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Small shrub 1–2 m. tall, usually branching low down; young sterns brownish-pubescent or glabrescent; leaf-lamina 2–5 × 1–2.75 cm, elliptic-oblong, acute or rounded at the apex, with margins serrate, rounded at the base, sparsely pubescent above or glabrous; nerves reticulate on both sides, slightly pubescent below; petiole 1–3 mm long, pubescent; inflorescences all axillary; peduncles 3–6 mm long, pubescent; pedicels 2–3 together, 2–4 mm long, pubescent; sepals 6–8 × 1 mm, strap-shaped, appressed-pubescent outside, glabrous within; petals yellow, 5–7 × 1.5 mm., narrowly oblong or strap-shaped; fruit shining, reddish-brown, c. 8 mm across, globose, never lobed, minutely and sparsely stellate-pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: retinervis: with a network of veins, in reference to the reticulate veining on both the upper and lower leaf surfaces.
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Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia (Caprivi Strip), Zimbabwe and South Africa (Cape & Northern Provinces)
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 436 - 437. (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.

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 82 - 83. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 109.

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 45 - 46.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Grewia retinervis., retrieved 2 December 2023

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