Uapaca nitida Müll. Arg.
var. nitida

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Uapaca nitida var. nitida

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Forest road North of Nhago, Coutada 12

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Synonyms: Uapaca microphylla Pax
Common names: Narrow-leaved mahobohobo (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Bark very rough and deeply cracked. Leaves elliptic, oblong or elliptic-oblanceolate, up to 16 cm long, shiny green, hairless with 7-14 pairs of lateral veins, apex broadly tapering or rounded; margin entire, sometimes wavy. Flowers are unisexual, mostly on different trees, creamy-green. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 2 cm long. See var. longifolia for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: nitida: glossy, shining
Habitat: In low-altitude Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - Jun. especially April
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Kenya to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Also DRC, Burundi, Angola.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Abantis bamptoni (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Sunday 30 July 2017

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 151. as Uapaca nitida

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 185 - 188. as Uapaca nitida (Includes a picture).

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

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 95 - 97.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 144 - 145. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 89.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Uapaca nitida
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Uapaca nitida
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Uapaca nitida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Uapaca nitida
The Plant List (version 1.1): Uapaca nitida
Tropicos: Uapaca nitida

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: Uapaca nitida var. nitida., retrieved 23 August 2017

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