Coffea mufindiensis Hutch. ex Bridson
subsp. australis Bridson

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Coffea mufindiensis subsp. australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
On ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.

Coffea mufindiensis subsp. australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
On ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Coffea eugenioides sensu Chevalier
Coffea ligustroides sensu Garcia
Common names: Mufindi coffee (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, elliptic, up to 6.5 × 3 cm, slightly leathery with 5-7 pairs of lateral veins and visible net-veining on both surfaces; domatia with or without hairs, conspicuous. Flowers 1-2 cm in diameter, white, 1 or 2 together, axillary. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 10 × 7 mm, orange-yellow when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: mufindiensis: of Mufindi, a place in Tanzania, where the type specimen was found.
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 950 - 1950 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: (this subspecies) Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Wednesday 5 August 2009

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 457 - 458.

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

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 77 - 78. As Coffea eugenioides (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 22.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 161.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 474. As Coffea ligustroides

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

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: Coffea mufindiensis subsp. australis., retrieved 19 July 2019

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