Uvaria lucida Benth.
subsp. virens (N.E. Br.) Verdc.

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Synonyms: Uvaria gazensis Baker f.
Uvaria nyassensis Engl. & Diels
Uvaria virens N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or liane, rarely a small tree. Bark grey, smooth, with lenticels; young branchlets with short rusty hairs, hairless when older. Leaves elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, up to c. 12 × 6 cm, leathery, greyish-green and hairless above, brighter green below, sometimes with a few hairs along the prominent veins on both surfaces; margin entire. Flowers in 1-3-flowered terminal or leaf-opposed clusters, yellowish-green or dull green, 1.5 - 3 cm in diameter, fleshy. Fruit of 10-20 more or less cylindrical carpels, c. 2.5 cm long, usually several-seeded dark to orange-brown, finely hairy.
Derivation of specific name: lucida: shining, probably referring to the leaves
Habitat: Occurring in forest and dense thickets.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov
Worldwide distribution: SW Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 133. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 204.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 23.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 24. As Uvaria lucida

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

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 17.

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 108 - 110. As Uvaria virens (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 8. as Uvaria gazensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 40.

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Flora of Malawi: Uvaria lucida subsp. virens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Uvaria lucida subsp. virens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Uvaria lucida
African Plant Database: Uvaria lucida
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Uvaria lucida
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Uvaria lucida
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Uvaria lucida
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Uvaria lucida
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Uvaria lucida
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Uvaria lucida
iNaturalist: Uvaria lucida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Uvaria lucida
JSTOR Plant Science: Uvaria lucida
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Uvaria lucida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Uvaria lucida
Plants of the World Online: Uvaria lucida
The Plant List (version 1.1): Uvaria lucida
Tropicos: Uvaria lucida
Wikipedia: Uvaria lucida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Uvaria lucida subsp. virens.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123790, retrieved 17 February 2020

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