Tricalysia pallens Hiern

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Synonyms: Tricalysia myrtifolia S. Moore
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub, rarely a small tree. Leaves opposite, obovate to elliptic, up to 11 × 4 cm, fairly thinly textured, glossy dark green, midrib hairy on both surfaces when young; hairtuft domatia distinct. Flowers in 3 flowered clusters without stalks, white or greenish-cream. Fruit round, 3-6 mm in diameter, crowned with the remains of the calyx, red when ripe.
Notes: This is a rather variable species with many fairly distinct but as yet undescribed forms often confined to specific areas. The complex is in dire need of further investigation.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine thickets and evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 500 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: southern Tanzania to Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
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Content last updated: Thursday 1 March 2012

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 494 - 497.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1069.

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 105.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 275. As Tricalysia capensis

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 74.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 170.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 501.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tricalysia pallens
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tricalysia pallens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tricalysia pallens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Tricalysia pallens
Tropicos: Tricalysia pallens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Tricalysia pallens., retrieved 24 April 2018

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