Rytigynia uhligii (K. Schum. & K. Krause) Verdc.

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Rytigynia uhligii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By path from carpark to Big Tree, Chirinda Forest

Rytigynia uhligii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By path from carpark to Big Tree, Chirinda Forest

Rytigynia uhligii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Chirinda Forest camp site

Rytigynia uhligii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Chirinda Forest camp site

Rytigynia uhligii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Chirinda Forest camp site

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Synonyms: Rytigynia schumannii Robyns
Vangueria uhligii K. Schum. & K. Krause
Common names: Pendent-fruit coffee-medlar (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark smooth; branchlets ridged with lenticels, outer bark wearing off showing paler underbark. Leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate with a distinct slender drip-tip, mid- to dark green, hairless except for hair-tuft domatia below; stipules triangular with a slender tip, joined at the base, persistent. Flowers solitary on slender stalks, greenish-cream, c. 8 mm with conspicuous orange-brown anthers. Fruit pendent on a slender stalk up to 2 cm long, subspherical, fleshy, c. 10 mm in diameter, black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: uhligii: after Viktor Karl Uhlig (1857-1911), a German geologist at the University of Vienna who collected in Tanzania.
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Saturday 25 February 2012

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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 252.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 946. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 48. As Rytigynia schumannii

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1083.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 104.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 22.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 276. As Rytigynia schumannii

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 74.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 92.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 169.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 75.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 497 - 498. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Rytigynia uhligii
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rytigynia uhligii
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Wikipedia: Rytigynia uhligii

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: Rytigynia uhligii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155800, retrieved 19 April 2024

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