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)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
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.
Notes:
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.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 25 February 2012
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 289 - 290.

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).

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.

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.

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
Flora of Mozambique: Rytigynia uhligii
Flora of Zambia: Rytigynia uhligii

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


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: Rytigynia uhligii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155800, retrieved 10 December 2018

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