Pyrostria bibracteata (Baker) Cavaco

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Pyrostria bibracteata

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, Cheringoma Escarpment

Pyrostria bibracteata

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, Cheringoma Escarpment

Pyrostria bibracteata

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, Cheringoma Escarpment

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Synonyms: Canthium bibracteaum (Baker) Hiern
Plectronia bibracteata Baker
Common names: False porcupine bush (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, more or less broadly elliptic, up to 13.5 cm long, stiffly papery or somewhat leathery, hairless, sometimes with hairtuft domatia below; margin entire. Flowers in up to 30-flowered umbels, yellowish-cream, small. Fruit round, 5-8 mm in diameter, yellow when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, wooded grassland and along margins of forest, usually on sandy soils with a high water table.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 700 m
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and the Seychelles.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 December 2008

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 341 - 343.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 931. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 169.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pyrostria bibracteata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pyrostria bibracteata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pyrostria bibracteata
Tropicos: Pyrostria bibracteata

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: Pyrostria bibracteata., retrieved 21 July 2019

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