Rinorea elliptica (Oliv.) Kuntze

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Rinorea elliptica

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Catapu Concession, Sofala.

Rinorea elliptica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Rinorea elliptica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Rinorea elliptica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Rinorea elliptica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Rinorea elliptica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Alsodeia elliptica Oliv.
Common names: Red-fruited violet-bush (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Leaves alternate, narrowly to broadly elliptic or ovate, 5-10 cm long, bright green, hairless, veining prominent on both surfaces, base rounded or somewhat cordate; margin finely dentate; petiole grooved along the top. Flowers axillary, in spike-like heads, white or salmon-pink, 1-1.5 cm in diameter, sweetly scented. petals often curved backwards. Fruit a small subspherical or 3-sided capsule with a sharp point, 6-7 mm long, red, hairless, splitting into 3 valves.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: elliptica: elliptic, oblong with rounded ends
Habitat: In the understorey of lowland forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Acraea cuva cuva (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Saturday 19 December 2015
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 625. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 261.

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 83.

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Violaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 248.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Rinorea elliptica.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140590, retrieved 27 May 2019

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