Coffea mufindiensis Hutch. ex Bridson
subsp. australis Bridson

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Coffea mufindiensis subsp. australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
On ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.

Coffea mufindiensis subsp. australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
On ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Coffea eugenioides sensu Chevalier
Coffea ligustroides sensu Garcia
Common names: Mufindi coffee (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, elliptic, up to 6.5 × 3 cm, slightly leathery with 5-7 pairs of lateral veins and visible net-veining on both surfaces; domatia with or without hairs, conspicuous. Flowers 1-2 cm in diameter, white, 1 or 2 together, axillary. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 10 × 7 mm, orange-yellow when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: mufindiensis: of Mufindi, a place in Tanzania, where the type specimen was found.
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 950 - 1950 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: (this subspecies) Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 457 - 458.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 168.

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.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 77 - 78. As Coffea eugenioides (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 22.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 161.

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 Page 474. As Coffea ligustroides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Coffea mufindiensis
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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: Coffea mufindiensis subsp. australis., retrieved 30 May 2024

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