Pavetta umtalensis Bremek.

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Pavetta umtalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hillside above Small valley North-east of Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

Pavetta umtalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hillside above Small valley North-east of Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

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Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark whitish to pale grey, smooth or finely cracked into squarish pieces. Leaves opposite, elliptic, up to c. 11 cm long, glossy dark green, hairless, with scattered, dot-like to elliptic bacterial nodules, hair-tuft domatia present. Inflorescences on short side branches, with 1-2 pairs of leaves near the apex. Flowers white to greenish-white, sweetly scented; corolla tube 4-7 mm long, slightly shorter than the lobes; style up to 2.5 cm long. Fruit c. 10 mm in diameter, round, glossy black when ripe.
Notes: Specimens of this species turn black when dry.
Derivation of specific name: umtalensis: of Umtali (now Mutare), a city and district in Eastern Zimbabwe.
Habitat: In montane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Border mountains of Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Sunday 8 June 2014

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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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: Pavetta umtalensis., retrieved 1 October 2023

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