Maesa lanceolata Forssk.

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Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small valley North-east of Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

Maesa lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Valley vetween Mt Binga and Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Baeobotrys lanceolata (Forssk.) Vahl
Maesa angolensis Gilg
Maesa mildbraedii Gilg & Schellenb.
Maesa rufescens A. DC.
Common names: False assegai (English)
Frequency: Common in the higher rainfall areas
Status: Native
Evergreen shrub or much-branched small tree, 2-10 m. Leaves: petiole 1.5-3 cm; lamina 6-17 cm, ranging from lanceolate to broadly elliptic, glabrous or pubescent especially on the nerves; margin slightly revolute, very shallowly to distinctly serrate. Inflorescence of axillary panicles, usually shorter than the leaves. Corolla 1.5-1.8 mm, pale yellow or whitish, scented. Anthers 0.4-0.7 mm. Stigma truncate, ± lobed. Fruit 3-4 mm in diameter, greenish to pale pink. Seeds blackish, angular.
Derivation of specific name: lanceolata: lance-shaped; lanceolate
Habitat: At the margins of forest, occasionally in montane grassland.
Altitude range: 980 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Southern Africa, extending into Arabia.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 25 November 2014

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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: Maesa lanceolata., retrieved 23 January 2020

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