Vangueria vestita (Robyns) ined.

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Vangueria vestita

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Vangueria vestita

Photo: Bart Wursten

Vangueria vestita

Photo: Bart Wursten

Vangueria vestita

Photo: Bart Wursten

Vangueria vestita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Tapiphyllum velutinum Robyns
Tapiphyllum vestitum Robyns
Vangueria velutina Hiern
Vangueria zambesiaca Lantz
Common names: Velvet-leaf (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark greyish-brown, flaking to reveal orange-red layer beneath. Young branches densely woolly. Leaves oblong to almost round, densely covered in woolly hairs, with conspicuous veining, grey-green, paler below. Flowers in axillary clusters, pale yellowish-green to bright yellow. Fruit spherical crowned by the persistent calyx lobes, densely covered in velvety hairs, yellow-brown when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: velutinum: velvety.
Habitat: In open woodland often among rocks
Altitude range: 850 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
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Content last updated: Wednesday 7 May 2008

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 262 - 263. as Tapiphyllum velutinum

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 938. as Tapiphyllum velutinum (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34. as Tapiphyllum velutinum

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 276. as Tapiphyllum velutinum

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84. as Tapiphyllum velutinum

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. as Tapiphyllum velutinum

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 82. As Vangueria velutina

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 169. as Tapiphyllum velutinum

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Vangueria vestita., retrieved 1 December 2023

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