Nuxia oppositifolia (Hochst.) Benth.

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Nuxia oppositifolia

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Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Nuxia oppositifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Nuxia oppositifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Nuxia oppositifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Nuxia oppositifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Nuxia oppositifolia

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Nhandar River below Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Nuxia oppositifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhandar River below Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Nuxia oppositifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhandar River below Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

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Synonyms: Azima pubescens Suess.
Lachnopylis oppositifolia Hochst.
Nuxia dentata Benth.
Common names: River nuxia (English) Water elder (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, narrowly oblong, 4-9 cm, light green or greyish-green, finely hairy when young, glabrous when older; base tapering, running down the petiole; margin entire or bluntly serrate. Flowers small, white, in axillary and terminal branched heads. Fruit a small capsule, c. 3 mm, only just protruding from the persistent calyx.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: oppositifolia: with opposite leaves
Habitat: In riverine thickets, among rocks and reeds in riverbeds.
Altitude range: Up to 2400 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Eastern, South-central and South Africa, Arabia and Madagascar
Mozambique distribution: Z,T,MS,M
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Monday 21 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 873. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 268.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. (1983). Loganiaceae (inc. Buddlejaceae) Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 352 - 353.

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 58. Under Loganiaceae

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 41.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 67. as Lachnopylis oppositifolia (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 Page 117.

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Flora of Botswana: Nuxia oppositifolia
Flora of Malawi: Nuxia oppositifolia
Flora of Zambia: Nuxia oppositifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Nuxia oppositifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Nuxia oppositifolia
African Plant Database: Nuxia oppositifolia
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Nuxia oppositifolia
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Nuxia oppositifolia
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Nuxia oppositifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Nuxia oppositifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Nuxia oppositifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Nuxia oppositifolia
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Nuxia oppositifolia
Tropicos: Nuxia oppositifolia
Wikipedia: Nuxia oppositifolia


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: Nuxia oppositifolia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144490, retrieved 17 September 2019

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