Hoslundia opposita Vahl

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Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, near Inn on the Vumba

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, near Inn on the Vumba

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Twentydales ext., Epworth, Harare.

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mahenye rd, Ndowoyo CL.

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Synonyms: Clerodendrum macranthum Gilli
Hoslundia decumbens Benth.
Hoslundia verticillata Vahl
Premna longipes Baker
Common names: Amalilibhobo (Ndebele) Butter-berry (English) Hwahwa-hweshiri (Shona) Muvuvudzi (Shona) Orange bird-berry (English) Umbovana (Ndebele) Utshwala-benyoni (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub-like aromatic perennial herb up to 3m tall, often regenerating and flowering after fire. Stems and branches sharply 4-angled; branches opposite. Leaves opposite or 3-whorled, elliptic, velvety; margin serrate; petiole short. Flowers in terminal branched inflorescences, white, small. Fruit, ovoid, ribbed, bright orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: opposita: opposite, referring to the branches and the leaves, although leaves are often also 3-whorled.
Habitat: In open woodland and grassland,often on rocky or sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 170 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Acherontia atropos (Food plant)
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 29.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 272.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 395. (Includes a picture).

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 155 - 157. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 67. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 78.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 73 - 74. Ad s Hoslundia debumbens

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 215.

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Flora of Botswana: Hoslundia opposita
Flora of Caprivi: Hoslundia opposita
Flora of Malawi: Hoslundia opposita
Flora of Mozambique: Hoslundia opposita
Flora of Zambia: Hoslundia opposita

External websites:

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

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: Hoslundia opposita.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150110, retrieved 21 March 2018

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