Multidentia exserta Bridson
subsp. exserta

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Synonyms: Canthium stuhlmannii sensu Brenan
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Status: Native
Shrub or small tree; young stems pale brown, lenticellate. Leaves restricted to apices of branches and young lateral shoots, elliptic to broadly elliptic or broadly ovate, 4.5–14 cm long, papery, strongly discolorous when dry, blue-green beneath, hair-tuft domatia, sometimes spread along the midrib; petioles 5–9 mm long; stipules 2–3 mm long, sheath-like at the base and then somewhat triangular, terminating in a linear lobe 4–7 mm long, pubescent inside. Flowers 5-merous, in up to 30-flowered inflorescences, arising from nodes from which the leaves have fallen; peduncles 16–25 mm long; pedicels 2–6 mm long. Corolla tube 3–5 mm long, pubescent at throat and with a ring of deflexed hairs inside; lobes oblong, thickened towards apex, 3.5–5.5 mm long, puberulous at margins. Style long-exserted. Fruit globose or broadly elliptic, up to 35 mm in diameter, without lenticels.
Derivation of specific name: exserta: projecting, protruding
Habitat: In Brachystegia or Colophospermum mopane woodlands or in forest clearings, on sandy soil or in limestone valleys.
Altitude range: 30 - 500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,MS
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Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 311 - 312.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 942. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 1103 - 1104.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 168.

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Multidentia exserta
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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: Multidentia exserta subsp. exserta., retrieved 8 December 2023

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