Syzygium guineense (Willd.) DC.
subsp. barotsense F. White

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Syzygium guineense subsp. barotsense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rest Camp Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls

Syzygium guineense subsp. barotsense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rest Camp Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls

Syzygium guineense subsp. barotsense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi River, Zambezi National PaArk.

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Common names: Bicoloured waterberry (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. The bark is smooth and pale grey. Fruits larger than in other subspecies and often bicoloured, half whitish, half purple.
Derivation of specific name: guineense: of Guinea,referring to West Africa in general
barotsense: of Barotseland a term for the region between Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola and the homeland of the Lozi people or Barotse.
Habitat: On the banks of major rivers, often overhanging the water.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Caprivi Namibia.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 19 July 2017

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 503 - 504. as Syzygium guineense (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

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 64.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 89.

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 220.

White, F. (1978). Myrtaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 198 - 201.

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Flora of Botswana: Syzygium guineense subsp. barotsense
Flora of Caprivi: Syzygium guineense subsp. barotsense
Flora of Zambia: Syzygium guineense subsp. barotsense

External websites:

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

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: Syzygium guineense subsp. barotsense., retrieved 26 May 2024

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