Dichapetalum mossambicense (Klotzsch) Engl.

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Dichapetalum mossambicense

Photo: Warren McCleland
quiterajo, Macomia District, Cabo Delgado

Dichapetalum mossambicense

Photo: Warren McCleland
quiterajo, Macomia District, Cabo Delgado

Dichapetalum mossambicense

Photo: Warren McCleland
quiterajo, Macomia District, Cabo Delgado

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Synonyms: Chailletia mossambicensis Klotzsch
Dichapetalum aureonitens Engl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Somewhat climbing shrub up to 2 m tall, covered with reddish-yellow short and longer bristly hairs. Leaves subsessile or very shortly petiolate, oblong-elliptic, 6-15 cm long, thinly hairy above, paler, shortly pubescent beneath with long hairs on the veins, cordate at the base; petiole up to 4 mm long, reddish-yellow-hairy. Stipules pinnatipartite, c. 1 cm long, hairy. Inflorescences axillary heads, 2-5 cm long. Flowers with sepals whitish hairy outside; petals obovate, c. 4 mm long, 2-lobed for about half the length. Fruit oblong, c. 1.5 cm long, hairy.
Notes: The fruit is said to be very poisonous.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicense: of Mozambique.
Habitat: Evergreen coastal bush.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N,MS
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Content last updated: Sunday 21 August 2016

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 396. Also as Dichapetalum aureonitens (Includes a picture).

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 52.

Torre, A.R. (1963). Dichapetalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 322 - 323. Also as Dichapetalum aureonitens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dichapetalum mossambicense
African Plant Database: Dichapetalum mossambicense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dichapetalum mossambicense
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dichapetalum mossambicense
Plants of the World Online: Dichapetalum mossambicense
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Wikipedia: Dichapetalum mossambicense

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dichapetalum mossambicense.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=179130, retrieved 5 March 2024

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