Olinia vanguerioides Baker f.

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Olinia vanguerioides

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Road from Chimanimani to Bridal Veil Falls

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Common names: Zimbabwe hard-pear (English)
Frequency: Widespread and fairly frequent
Status: Native
Medium-sized to large tree. Bark smooth but often flaking to expose a yellowish underbark; young branchlets 4-angled. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, elliptic to lanceolate, up to 12 cm, green above, blue-green with translucent veining below; margin entire; petiole short, often reddish. Flowers in dense, branched axillary heads, white to creamy-yellow, hairy in the centre. Fruit in clusters, somewhat fleshy, round, c. 6 mm in diameter, pale yellow to reddish.
Notes: This species is apparently Near-Endemic to Zimbabwe and nearby areas in Mozambique
Derivation of specific name: vanguerioides: resembling a Vangueria
Habitat: In the margins of evergreen and riverine forest and among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 990 - 1750 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and nearby areas in Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 November 2014

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 651. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 41. As Olinea vanguerioides

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 774.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 262. Also as Olinia emarginata?

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 65.

Verdcourt, B. (1978). Oliniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 325 - 327. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (1978). Oliniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 326 - 327.

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Flora of Mozambique: Olinia vanguerioides

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

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: Olinia vanguerioides.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=141230, retrieved 13 June 2024

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