Vitex amaniensis W. Piep.

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Synonyms: Vitex lokundjensis sensu Moldenke in Phytologia 5: 444 (1956) p.p. non W. Pieper (1929).
Vitex sp. no. 1 of Drummond in Kirkia 10: 272 (1975).
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Frequency: Very rare in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Tree with smooth white or pale brown bark; older branches dark red-brown; young branches crisply hairy. Leaves drying dark, 3–5-foliolate; leaflets elliptic to broad obovate, 10–20 cm long, median leaflet largest, hairless on both surfaces except for a few short hairs on the veins beneath, veins more or less raised on both surfaces; margin entire to remotely toothed; petiole 9–15 cm long, not grooved. Inflorescences axillary, 7–11 cm long, shortly crisped-pubescent; bracteoles linear, c. 0.5 cm long. Calyx obconic, 5-toothed, not gland-dotted, densely pubescent. Corolla pale yellow, 10–11 mm long, with scattered gland-dots, densely pubescent. Drupe obovoid, c. 1.4 cm long, rounded at apex, more or less enclosed in the enlarged calyx.
Notes: Only known from a handful of collections in Zimbabwe, all from Chirinda Forest.
Derivation of specific name: amaniensis: of Amani, a German Botanical Reseach Station in Tanzania, where the type was collected.
Habitat: In evergreen rain forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania and Chirinda Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 272. As Vitex sp. no. 1

Fernandes, R. (2005). Lamiaceae (subfamilies: Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 80 - 81.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vitex amaniensis
African Plant Database: Vitex amaniensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vitex amaniensis
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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: Vitex amaniensis., retrieved 13 June 2024

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