Aidia micrantha (K. Schum.) Bullock ex F. White
var. msonju (K. Krause) Petit

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Aidia micrantha var. msonju

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe R., Aberfoyle Tea Estates

Aidia micrantha var. msonju

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe R., Aberfoyle Tea Estates

Aidia micrantha var. msonju

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Aidia micrantha var. msonju

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

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Synonyms: Randia micrantha K. Schum.
Randia msonju K. Krause
Common names: Aidia (English)
Status: Native
Large, somewhat scrambling shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, elliptic to lanceolate, glossy green with indented veins and entire but wavy margins. Flowers in few-flowered clusters along the branches, creamy white with sharply reflexed corolla lobes, white hairs in the throat, and a bright red stigma. Fruit spherical, orange to brown-black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: micrantha: small-flowered
Habitat: In riverine fringes and evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 320 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Monday 31 October 2011

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 630 - 632. (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 952. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1051.

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

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 86.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 160. as Adia micrantha

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 461.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.

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Flora of Malawi: Aidia micrantha var. msonju
Flora of Mozambique: Aidia micrantha var. msonju
Flora of Zambia: Aidia micrantha var. msonju

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aidia micrantha
African Plant Database: Aidia micrantha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aidia micrantha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aidia micrantha
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aidia micrantha
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aidia micrantha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aidia micrantha
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Aidia micrantha
iNaturalist: Aidia micrantha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aidia micrantha
JSTOR Plant Science: Aidia micrantha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aidia micrantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aidia micrantha
Plants of the World Online: Aidia micrantha
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aidia micrantha
Tropicos: Aidia micrantha
Wikipedia: Aidia micrantha

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: Aidia micrantha var. msonju., retrieved 12 November 2019

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