Euclea natalensis A. DC.
subsp. acutifolia F. White

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Euclea natalensis subsp. acutifolia

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Cleveland Dam

Euclea natalensis subsp. acutifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp Amalinda, Matobo

Euclea natalensis subsp. acutifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp Amalinda, Matobo

Euclea natalensis subsp. acutifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp Amalinda, Matobo

Euclea natalensis subsp. acutifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp Amalinda, Matobo

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Common names: Chipambati (Shona) Large-leaved guarri (English) Murunze (Shona) Mushangura (Shona) Natal guarri (English) Nyakabvuri (Shona)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, 2-7 m, or sometimes a suffrutex, less than 1m tall. Bark greyish, rough and fissured, flaking in thick pieces. Leaves elliptic up to 12 × 4 cm, densely hairy below. Flowers in dense, branched axillary heads, greenish-white or cream, most parts covered in dense rusty woolly hairs. Fruit in clusters, round c. 7 mm in diameter, sometimes rusty hairy, red to black.
Notes: Many subspecies have been described, subsp. acutifolia being common and widespread in Zimbabwe. Subsp. angustifolia is only found in the extreme south of the country.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa; acutifolia: with acute (pointed) leaves.
Habitat: In woodland and thickets, often on rocky outcrops, river banks or termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 1580 m
Flowering time:May - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 890. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 10. as Euclea natalensis

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 266. As Euclea natalensis

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 39.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 46. as Euclea natalensis

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 63. in error as Euclea fructuosa (= subsp. obovata; not in Zimbabwe)

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 184 - 185. as Euclea natalensis (Includes a picture).

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 289 - 292. (Includes a picture).

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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: Euclea natalensis subsp. acutifolia., retrieved 28 February 2024

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