Coffea zanguebariae Lour.

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Coffea zanguebariae

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Ilala Camp, Zambezi River. Mana Pools National Park.

Coffea zanguebariae

Photo: Bryan Orford
Ilala Camp, Zambezi River. Mana Pools National Park.

Coffea zanguebariae

Photo: Bryan Orford
Ilala Camp, Zambezi River. Mana Pools National Park.

Coffea zanguebariae

Photo: Bryan Orford
Ilala Camp, Zambezi River. Mana Pools National Park.

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Synonyms: Amajoua africana Spreng.
Coffea arabica L. var. mokka sensu Chevalier p.p. as to Busse 1077, non Cramer.
Coffea ibo A. Froehner
Coffea racemosa sensu Chevalier p.p. non Lour.
Coffea zanzibarensis R.M. Grey nom. nud.
Hexepta axillaris Raf.
Common names: Ibo coffee (English) Zanzibar coffee (English)
Frequency: Rare in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Shrub or tree, 3–6 m tall, hairless; young branches covered with light rusty-brown or creamish-coloured bark. Leaves usually restricted to new growth, more or less broadly elliptic to almost round,5.4–13.8 cm long, thinly textured, dull or rarely somewhat glossy above, veins prominent on both surfaces, lateral nerves in 5–6 main pairs; domatia pubescent; margin often wavy; petioles 3–6 mm long; stipules triangular, 2–3 mm long. Flowers 6–8-merous, in 1-5-flowered clusters at the nodes on older stems. Corolla tube 6–10 mm long, 2–3 mm wide at throat; lobes more or less oblong, rounded, 7–12 mm long. Fruit pale green turning blackish, 0.9–1.9 cm long, ribbed, occasionally beaked, minutely puberulous.
Notes: - Due to the destruction of the original type specimen, a specimen from Mozambique was designated as the neotype.
- Its inclusion as a Near-Endemic (Mapaura, 2002) is incorrect.
Derivation of specific name: zanguebariae: of Zanzibar, a misleading name since the species occurring on Zanzibar is now considered different and is called C. pseudozanguebarica(see note above).
Habitat: Riverine, coastal and dry deciduous thicket on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Endangered
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Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 459 - 461. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 975. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1109.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 277.

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

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 145.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 100.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Coffea zanguebariae., retrieved 12 December 2023

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