Coddia rudis (E. Mey. ex Harv.) Verdc.

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Coddia rudis

Photo: David Becking
Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Roodeport

Coddia rudis

Photo: David Becking
Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Roodeport

Coddia rudis

Photo: David Becking
Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Roodeport

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Synonyms: Lachnosiphonium rude (E.Mey. ex Harv.) J.G. Garcia
Randia parvifolia Harv.
Randia rudis (E. Mey. ex Harv.) Verdc.
Xeromphis rudis (E. Mey. ex Harv.) Codd
Common names: Small bone-apple (English)
Status: Native
Unarmed, much-branched shrub to 2.5 m or a tree to 4 m. Leaves small, 0.8-5.5 × 0.3-3.3 cm, elliptic to almost circular, thinly-textured, obtuse or obtusely acuminate at the apex, cuneate and narrowing into the petiole below, shortly pubescent on midrib above with hairy domatia in leaf axils beneath or densely shortly bristly-pubescent on both surfaces; petiole short, ciliate. Calyx tube 1-2 mm long; limb-tube 1-1.5 mm long. Corolla white or cream-coloured, turning dark yellow; tube 5-7 mm long; lobes 4-6 mm long. Fruit 5-7 mm long, ellipsoid to subspherical.
Derivation of specific name: rudis: Latin for a stirring-stick or spatula, referring to the shape of the leaves.
Habitat: Riverine forest and woodland
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1290 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa (Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape) and Swaziland
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 645 - 647. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 965. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 275. As Xeromphis rudis

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 71.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 622 - 623. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 97.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Coddia rudis., retrieved 13 August 2020

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