Grewia monticola Sond.

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Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road 11 Near Chitengo camp, Gorongosa National Park

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road 11, Gorongosa National Park

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road 11, Gorongosa National Park

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road 11, Gorongosa National Park

Grewia monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road 11 Near Chitengo camp, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Grewia cordata N.E. Br.
Grewia obliqua Weim.
Common names: Asegaai wood (English) Donkey berry (English) Grey raisin (English) Silver raisin (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic-oblong to ovate, up to c. 9.5 cm long, distinctly asymmetric at the base, green to grey-green and more or less hairy above, covered in dense silvery-white velvety hairs below; margins irregularly toothed. Flowers in terminal and axillary clusters, yellow, c. 1.5 cm in diameter. Fruits 1-2-lobed, 7-10 mm in diameter, yellow to red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: monticola: mountain-loving; so-called because the species was described from specimens collected in the Magaliesberg.
Habitat: In open woodland and riverine fringes.
Altitude range: Up to 1530 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,MS,M
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Abantis tettensis (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Saturday 12 March 2016

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 578. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 14.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 447.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 258.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).

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 81.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 109.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 47.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 50 - 51.

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Flora of Botswana: Grewia monticola
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Grewia monticola., retrieved 2 April 2023

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