Scolopia stolzii Gilg & Sleumer

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Scolopia stolzii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chiniziuwa River, Sofala, Mozambique

Scolopia stolzii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chiniziuwa River, Sofala, Mozambique

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Common names: Large-fruited scolopia (English) River thorn-pear (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized unarmed tree. Bark grey to blackish, peeling in older specimens; branchlets pale with lenticels. Leaves, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, 5-12 cm long, leathery, glabrous, dark green on both surfaces; margin entire or obscurely dentate with widely spaced teeth. Flowers axillary, solitary or in few-flowered clusters, small, greenish-white. Fruit subspherical, 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter, sharply tipped, fleshy, yellow when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: stolzii: after Adolf Ferdinand Stolz (1871-1917), German missionary, merchant and plant collector in Angola and Malawi, particularly of orchids.
Habitat: In riverine fringes and along forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Thursday 13 December 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 176. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 642. (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 106.

Wild, H. (1960). Flacourtiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 277 - 279. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Scolopia stolzii:

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Flora of Malawi: Scolopia stolzii
Flora of Mozambique: Scolopia stolzii
Flora of Zambia: Scolopia stolzii

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Scolopia stolzii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Scolopia stolzii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Scolopia stolzii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Scolopia stolzii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Scolopia stolzii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Scolopia stolzii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Scolopia stolzii
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Scolopia stolzii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Scolopia stolzii
Ispot Southern Africa: Scolopia stolzii
JSTOR Plant Science: Scolopia stolzii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Scolopia stolzii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Scolopia stolzii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Scolopia stolzii
Tropicos: Scolopia stolzii

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: Scolopia stolzii., retrieved 18 April 2019

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