Syzygium cordatum Hochst. ex C. Krauss

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Syzygium cordatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slope of southeastern ridge above Cavalo, Mt Gorongosa.

Syzygium cordatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slope of southeastern ridge above Cavalo, Mt Gorongosa.

Syzygium cordatum

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Bonde River crossing along road from Manica to Tsetsera road.

Syzygium cordatum

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Mussapa pequeno crossing, road to Chikukwa, lower Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Eugenia cordata (Hochst. ex C. Krauss) M.A. Lawson p.p.
Common names: Mukute-shenje (Manica) Waterberry (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves opposite, sessile, successive pairs at right angles, elliptic, oblong to almost circular, crowded near the ends of branches. Flowers in branched terminal heads, creamy-white, sometimes pinkish, the large number of stamens being most conspicuous. Fruit an oval berry, up to 1.5 cm, deep purple to almost black when ripe, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: cordatum: heart-shaped or cordate
Habitat: Usually growing close to water along streams and rivers; also on roadside banks in higher rainfall areas and in secondary forest.
Altitude range: 540 - 1660 m
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Uganda and the DRC southwards to Angola, the FZ area and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Deudorix dinochares (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Saturday 10 December 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 216. (Includes a picture).

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Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 833. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 283 - 286. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 24.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 502.

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 90.

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 20.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

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Kamumvuri, G. (ed.) (2004). Plants of Zimbabwe Report No. 1 National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

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 64.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 81.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 480 - 481. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 89.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 56. as Eugenia cordata (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 Pages 126 - 127.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 220.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 320 - 321. (Includes a picture).

White, F. (1978). Myrtaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 193 - 195. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 411 - 412. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 96.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Syzygium cordatum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142310, retrieved 17 September 2019

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