Rutidea orientalis Bridson

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Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Muqueche River Bridge, Mt Namuli.

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Muqueche River Bridge, Mt Namuli.

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
SDH CHA Sarl Tea Estates, Gurue, Mozambique.

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
SDH CHA Sarl Tea Estates, Gurue, Mozambique.

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
SDH CHA Sarl Tea Estates, Gurue, Mozambique.

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Northeastern slopes Mt Mabu

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Northeastern slopes Mt Mabu

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Northeastern slopes Mt Mabu

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Northeastern slopes Mt Mabu

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Left bank above Muvumodzi waterfall near junction with Mucandue River, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Left bank above Muvumodzi waterfall near junction with Mucandue River, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Rutidea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Left bank above Muvumodzi waterfall near junction with Mucandue River, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Rutidea syringoides (Webb) Bremek.
Common names: Fringe tail (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
A scrambling shrub or climber. Leaves opposite, broadly elliptic to oblanceolate, glossy dark green above, paler with yellowish hairs and conspicuous domatia below. Stipules broad-based, fringed with a large number of hair-like tails, sometimes curling. Flowers in dense clusters, small, white, strongly scented. Fruits yellow to orange, turning purple-black when ripe, crowned with the persistent calyx lobes. See Rutidea fuscescens for comparison.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: orientalis: oriental, eastern
Habitat: In deep shade in gully and riverine forest.
Altitude range: 350 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Friday 27 March 2015
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 621 - 623. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 252.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 1016. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1125.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 277. As Rutidea syringoides

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 74.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 169.

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rutidea orientalis
African Plant Database: Rutidea orientalis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Rutidea orientalis
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Rutidea orientalis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rutidea orientalis
JSTOR Plant Science: Rutidea orientalis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rutidea orientalis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rutidea orientalis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Rutidea orientalis
Tropicos: Rutidea orientalis


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: Rutidea orientalis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156400, retrieved 21 January 2019

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