Sphaerocoryne gracilis (Engl. & Diels) Verdc.
subsp. gracilis

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Sphaerocoryne gracilis subsp. gracilis

Photo: Judd Welwitch
Along Maputo-Xai-xai road between Macia and Chissano

Sphaerocoryne gracilis subsp. gracilis

Photo: Judd Welwitch
Along Maputo-Xai-xai road between Macia and Chissano

Sphaerocoryne gracilis subsp. gracilis

Photo: Judd Welwitch
Along Maputo-Xai-xai road between Macia and Chissano

Sphaerocoryne gracilis subsp. gracilis

Photo: Judd Welwitch
Along Maputo-Xai-xai road between Macia and Chissano

Sphaerocoryne gracilis subsp. gracilis

Photo: Judd Welwitch
Along Maputo-Xai-xai road between Macia and Chissano

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Synonyms: Melodorum gracile (Engl. & Diels) Verdc.
Popowia gracilis Engl. & Diels subsp. gracilis
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub, small tree or liane with mostly hairless yellowish-brown branches, turning blackish, with spreading or ascending axillary or supra-axillary shoots and more or less prominent petiole-bases. Leaves oblong or elliptic to obovate, 5–12 cm long, leathery, dark- or bluish-green and hairless above, blue-green and sparsely appressed-pubescent beneath, with veins more or less prominent above, glandular; petiole 3–8 mm long, hairless. Flowers bisexual, solitary or in pairs, terminal or axillary, pendulous; pedicel 0.4–1.5 cm long, broadening upward, more or less densely appressed-pubescent; bracteole below the middle of the pedicel, triangular or semi-orbicular, very small, c. 0.5 mm long, rusty-pubescent. Sepals ovate-triangular, 1.5–2.5 mm long, free or more or less connate at the base, appressed-pubescent. Petals greenish- to dark-yellow, thick, ovate or elliptic, 5–14 mm long, more or less densely sericeous-puberulous except near the base within, the inner ones about half as long as the outer, obovate, obtuse, appressed-pubescent outside, hairless within. Fruit pendulous on a pedicel 0.8–1.5 cm long; fruiting carpels 2–1, 1–2-seeded, segments ellipsoid or cylindric, 1.3–2 cm long, hairless, finely rugose, crimson; stipes 5–14 mm long.
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Habitat: Dry evergreen forest, open woodland and bush, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: 0 - 1300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Eastern Tanzania and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI,M
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Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 205.

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.

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 122 - 123. As Popowia gracilis gracilis

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sphaerocoryne gracilis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Sphaerocoryne gracilis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sphaerocoryne gracilis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sphaerocoryne gracilis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sphaerocoryne gracilis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sphaerocoryne gracilis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sphaerocoryne gracilis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Sphaerocoryne gracilis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sphaerocoryne gracilis
JSTOR Plant Science: Sphaerocoryne gracilis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sphaerocoryne gracilis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sphaerocoryne gracilis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Sphaerocoryne gracilis
Tropicos: Sphaerocoryne gracilis


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: Sphaerocoryne gracilis subsp. gracilis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=178590, retrieved 21 February 2018

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