Hexalobus monopetalus (A. Rich.) Engl. & Diels[Agg]

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Hexalobus monopetalus

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Umvumvumvu Gorge

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Synonyms: Hexalobus glabrescens Hutch. & Dalz. ex Burtt Davy
Hexalobus senegalensis A. DC.
Uvaria huillensis Engl. & Diels
Uvaria monopetala A. Rich.
Common names: Baboons' breakfast (English) Shakama plum (English)
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or small tree. Leaves alternate, held in one plane, oblong-elliptic to obovate with variously covered in short reddish hairs on the undersurface, sometimes only along the midrib. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils with long slender, twisted petals, usually opening only when the tree is leafless. Fruit in 1-3 cylindric segments, sparsely covered in short hairs, red when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In hot dry woodland and scrub, on rocky hillsides and in riverine thickets.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution:
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Graphium antheus (Food plant)
Graphium morania (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 23 June 2009

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 207.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 23.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 32 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Kamumvuri, G. (ed.) (2004). Plants of Zimbabwe Report No. 1 National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 56 - 57. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hexalobus monopetalus
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hexalobus monopetalus
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hexalobus monopetalus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hexalobus monopetalus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hexalobus monopetalus
Tropicos: Hexalobus monopetalus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Hexalobus monopetalus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=164520, retrieved 23 April 2018

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