Lagynias dryadum (S. Moore) Robyns

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Lagynias dryadum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Beira Inhaminga road, Cheringoma.

Lagynias dryadum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Beira Inhaminga road, Cheringoma.

Lagynias dryadum

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Just outside Chimoio.

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Synonyms: Vangueria dryadum S. Moore
Common names: Woodland pendent-medlar (English)
Status: Native
Straggling shrub or small evergreen tree. Leaves opposite, narrowly ovate to elliptic, dark green above, much paler below, densely velvety on both surfaces. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered axillary clusters, pale yellow, sweetly scented. Corolla lobes strongly reflexed when fully open; stigma conspicuously exserted. Fruit on long stalks pendent, near-spherical, crowned with persistent calyx lobes, brown when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: dryadum: from dryos, Greek for a tree.
Habitat: In riverine thickets, dry mixed woodland and on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: T,MS
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Content last updated: Thursday 15 July 2010

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 239 - 241. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 940. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36.

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

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 72.

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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: Lagynias dryadum., retrieved 3 October 2023

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