Afrocanthium lactescens (Hiern) Lantz

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Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
Domboshawa.

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
Domboshawa.

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
Domboshawa.

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp, at point bend in road

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp, at point bend in road

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp, at point bend in road

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Rob Burrett
Hillside Dams,Bulawayo

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Afrocanthium lactescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

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Synonyms: Canthium lactescens Hiern
Canthium randii S. Moore
Common names: Gummy canthium (English)
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Description:
Small tree with horizontal branches. Bark smooth, somewhat rough in older specimens, purplish-grey; bark and leaves exuding a gum-like sap when damaged. Leaves opposite, mostly at the ends of new shoots, ovate to broadly elliptic, 7-18 cm long, hairless or slightly velvet below. Stipules persistent and woody. Flowers in many-flowered heads on the old nodes, whitish to pale yellow, small, sweetly scented. Fruit 7-12 mm in diameter, squarish, distinctly 2-lobed, yellow to purple-brown when ripe, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: lactescens: milky
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Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution:
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Literature:

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 325 - 327. (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 920. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1090.

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 27. as Canthium lactescens

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

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 71. As Canthium lactescens

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Flora of Zambia: Afrocanthium lactescens
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Afrocanthium lactescens
African Plant Database: Afrocanthium lactescens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Afrocanthium lactescens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Afrocanthium lactescens
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Afrocanthium lactescens
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Afrocanthium lactescens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Afrocanthium lactescens
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Afrocanthium lactescens
iNaturalist: Afrocanthium lactescens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Afrocanthium lactescens
JSTOR Plant Science: Afrocanthium lactescens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Afrocanthium lactescens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Afrocanthium lactescens
Plants of the World Online: Afrocanthium lactescens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Afrocanthium lactescens
Tropicos: Afrocanthium lactescens
Wikipedia: Afrocanthium lactescens


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: Afrocanthium lactescens.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155890, retrieved 21 October 2019

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