Thespesia acutiloba (Baker f.) Exell & Mendonç.

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Thespesia acutiloba

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Inhaca Island

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Synonyms: Thespesia populnea (L.) Sol. ex Corrêa var. acutiloba Baker f.
Common names: Small-leaved tulip-tree (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, 2-5 m tall. Leaves: lamina broadly ovate to subcircular in outline, 3-lobed (rarely entire), lepidote above and beneath; 5-veined from the base; margin entire; base truncate or shallowly cordate. Flowers solitary and axillary or forming terminal racemes or panicles. Epicalyx bracts 3-5, linear to subulate, caducous. Petals up to 4.5 × 3 cm, obovate. Fruit c. 15 mm in diameter, subspherical, red, hairless, ± fleshy.
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Habitat: In woodland and thickets on recent coastal sands
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Worldwide distribution: Coastal Mozambique and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Thursday 26 August 2010

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 565. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 704.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 421 - 423. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Thespesia acutiloba
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Thespesia acutiloba
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Thespesia acutiloba
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Thespesia acutiloba
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Thespesia acutiloba
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Thespesia acutiloba
Plants of the World Online: Thespesia acutiloba
The Plant List (version 1.1): Thespesia acutiloba
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Wikipedia: Thespesia acutiloba

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: Thespesia acutiloba., retrieved 24 October 2019

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