Strychnos mellodora S. Moore

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Strychnos mellodora

Photo: Mark Hyde

Strychnos mellodora

Photo: Mark Hyde

Strychnos mellodora

Photo: Mark Hyde

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Common names: Forest monkey-orange (English)
Status: Native
Large forest tree to 35 m high. Branchlets not or slightly lenticellate, glabrous. Leaves: petiole 3-8 mm; lamina 5-12 × 2-5 cm; elliptic or narrowly elliptic; apex acuminate; base cuneate, glabrous on both sides. Inflorescence 3-11 cm long, axillary, although sometimes appearing terminal, lax, many-flowered. Flowers 4-merous. Sepals equal, ovate. Corolla white, glabrous outside, densely hairy within; tube very short; lobes 4-5 times as long as the tube. Stamens exserted. Pistil glabrous. Fruit 12 × 10 - 18 × 18 mm, 1-seeded. Seed flattened, ellipsoid.
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Habitat: In medium altitude rainforest
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Tanzania
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 782. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (1983). Trees of Southern Africa 2nd edition. Struik. Cape Town. Page 928. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 268.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. (1983). Loganiaceae (inc. Buddlejaceae) Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 366 - 367.

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Flora of Mozambique: Strychnos mellodora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Strychnos mellodora
African Plant Database: Strychnos mellodora
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Strychnos mellodora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Strychnos mellodora
The Plant List (version 1.1): Strychnos mellodora
Tropicos: Strychnos mellodora

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: Strychnos mellodora., retrieved 19 April 2019

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