Curtisia dentata (Burm. f.) C.A. Sm.

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Curtisia dentata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Curtisia dentata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Curtisia dentata

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne

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Synonyms: Curtisia faginea Aiton
Common names: Assegai tree (English)
Status: Native
Medium-sized tree. Bark dark and fissured in square patches; young branches covered in dense rusty brown hairs. Leaves opposite, ovate to broadly elliptic, up to c. 10 cm long, leathery, shiny dark green above, light green and covered in woolly hairs below; veining conspicuous below, covered in dense rusty brown hairs; apex sharply pointed; margin strongly toothed. Flowers small and inconspicuous in branched terminal heads, up to 12 cm long, cream, covered in soft, light grey hairs. Fruit subspherical, fleshy, c. 10 mm in diameter, white, turning red when ripe, crowned with the calyx remains.
Derivation of specific name: dentata: toothed, dentate
Habitat: In montane evergreen forest and along the margins of forest and montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern and Western Cape Provinces) and Swaziland.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 29 July 2007

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Cornaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 635 - 637. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 265.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 60. as Curtisia faginea

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Flora of Mozambique: Curtisia dentata

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Curtisia dentata., retrieved 23 March 2018

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