Vepris reflexa I. Verd.

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Vepris reflexa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Vepris reflexa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Vepris reflexa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Vepris reflexa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

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Common names: Drooping ironwood (English) Rock white ironwood (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark pale to dark grey, fairly smooth. Leaves drooping, 3-foliolate; leaflets curling upwards, narrowly elliptic, 3-8 cm long, glossy green with conspicuous venation, leathery, distinctly gland-dotted, aromatic when crushed; petiolules short but distinct; margin entire; petiole 1-3 cm long, not winged. Flowers in short axillary heads, greenish. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 1.2 cm, fleshy, orange-red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: reflexa: reflexed, referring to the typically curling leaflets
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 800 m
Flowering time:Jul - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Papilio constantinus constantinus (L)
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Content last updated: Thursday 8 June 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 357. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 416 - 417.

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 106.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 248.

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 75.

Mendonça, F. A. (1963). Rutaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 202 - 204. (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 236 - 238. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 29.

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Flora of Botswana: Vepris reflexa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Vepris reflexa

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Vepris reflexa., retrieved 10 August 2022

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