Garcinia smeathmannii (Planch. & Triana) Oliv.

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Garcinia smeathmannii

Photo: Mike Bingham
Hillwood, Nchila wildlife sanctuary

Garcinia smeathmannii

Photo: Richard Horton

Garcinia smeathmannii

Photo: Mike Bingham
Hillwood, Nchila wildlife sanctuary

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Common names:
Frequency: Very Rare
Status: Native
A hairless evergreen tree or shrub, up to about 15 m (but up to 21 m in West Africa), much branched, erect or more or less trailing; branches longitudinally grooved. Leaves opposite, stipules absent. Flowers in fascicles of 5-30 in the leaf axils and on old wood. Berry globose 1-2.5 cm in diameter, yellow when ripe.
Notes: In Mozambique so far only know from a single record on Mt Mabu.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Riverine forest
Altitude range: 0 - 900 m
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africaas far as Angola Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Mozambique distribution: Z
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 615. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 41.

Robson, N.K.B. (1961). Guttiferae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 398 - 400. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 68.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 73.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 282 - 283. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Garcinia smeathmannii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Garcinia smeathmannii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Garcinia smeathmannii., retrieved 29 September 2023

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