Scolopia mundii (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Warb.

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Synonyms: Eriudaphus mundii Eckl. & Zeyh.
Eriudaphus serratus Harv.
Phoberos mundii (Eckl. & Zeyh.) C. Presl
Common names: Red-pear (English)
Frequency: Rare, known from a few scattered, mostly unprotected localities in Nyanga and Chimanimani.
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Bark grey to brown, flaking in older specimens; branches unarmed or sometimes armed with slender spines up to 4 cm long, particularly on young shoots. Leaves, more or less narrowly ovate, 3.5-7 cm long, with along drip-tip, hairless, shiny green above, duller below, veining prominent on both surfaces; margin conspicuously toothed; petiole often reddish. Flowers in dense axillary branched heads, greenish, 4-8 mm in diameter, sweetly scented. Fruit subspherical, 7-10 mm in diameter, sharply tipped, fleshy, bright yellow to orange when ripe.
Notes: Detailed information may be found on the plantzafrica site.
Derivation of specific name: mundii: after J.L.L. Mund (1791-1831), a Prussian pharmacist and plant collector in South Africa.
Habitat: In evergreen forest, along forest margins and on grassy mountain slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2200 m
Flowering time:May - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Lesotho, Eswatini, South Africa, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 261.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 165.

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 53. Under Flacourtiaceae

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Scolopia mundii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Scolopia mundii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Scolopia mundii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Scolopia mundii
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iNaturalist: Scolopia mundii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Scolopia mundii
JSTOR Plant Science: Scolopia mundii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Scolopia mundii
Plants of the World Online: Scolopia mundii
Tropicos: Scolopia mundii
Wikipedia: Scolopia mundii

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: Scolopia mundii., retrieved 23 June 2024

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