Canthium kuntzeanum Bridson

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Synonyms: Canthium pauciflorum (Klotzsch ex Eckl. & Zeyh.) Kuntze
Canthium sensu R.B. Drumm. (Chase 3576)
Plectronia pauciflora Klotzsch ex Eckl. & Zeyh.
Common names: Kidney-fruit Canthium (English) Mountain turkey-berry (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, sometimes a liana, 1.7–10 m tall, often armed with supra-axillary spines. Bark grey. Leaves well spaced along older branches, or less often restricted to new growth, broadly elliptic or sometimes ovate, 0.5–4 cm long, hairless, thinly textured, turning blackish when dry, 3–4 main pairs of lateral veins; ciliate pit-domatia sometimes present; petioles 3–6 mm long; stipules triangular, 2–3 mm long, sheathing at base. Flowers 5-merous, solitary, or 2-3 together; peduncle 10–14 mm long; pedicels 8–15 mm long, or 16–28 mm long in solitary flowers. Corolla greenish-white; tube 2.5–4 mm long, inside with a ring of hairs near the top and; lobes oblong-triangular, c. 2 mm long. Fruit narrowly obovate or obcordate in lateral view, 9–15 mm wide, more or less indented at the apex.
Derivation of specific name: kuntzeanum: after Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze (1843-1907), German botanist, author and collector.
Habitat: In evergreen forest and evergreen scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 220 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Page 337.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 918. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1090.

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 618 - 620. (Includes a picture).

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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: Canthium kuntzeanum., retrieved 22 June 2024

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