Drypetes natalensis (Harv.) Hutch.
var. natalensis

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Drypetes natalensis var. natalensis

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Botanic garden Quinta de Frontiera, Manica

Drypetes natalensis var. natalensis

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Limestone Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Cyclostemon natalensis Harv.
Drypetes zombensis Dunkley
Common names: Natal drypetes (English) Ncunkhua (Sena) Stem-fruit drypetes (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves alternate, elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, dark green and glossy, stiffly leathery; margins sharply dentate. Flowers unisexual on different trees in conspicuous, dense clusters all along the main trunk and larger branches of the tree. The male flowers have a very unpleasant smell. Fruits spherical, fleshy, yellow-orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Eastern side of Africa from Somalia to South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Wednesday 15 February 2017

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 251. As Drypetes natalensis

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 87 - 88.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 86.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Drypetes natalensis var. natalensis.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134490, retrieved 23 October 2017

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