Warneckea parvifolia R.D. Stone & Ntetha

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Common names:
Frequency: Local and uncommon.
Status: Native
Evergreen shrub or small tree, 2.5–6 m tall; bark on trunk and older branches greyish white, longitudinally fissured; young branchlets squarish to narrowly winged, pale reddish brown when young. Leaves elliptic to ovate, mostly 14–32 mm long, somewhat leathery, dark green above, paler beneath, 3-veined from the base, midrib and lateral veins impressed above, prominent beneath; petiole up to 2 mm long. Flowers in dense clusters at the bare nodes of older branchlets, rarely in leaf-axils, subsessile, white; pedicels concealed by bracts in bud, up to 2 mm long at flowering time and after; bracts depressed-ovate, 0.5–0.75 mm long. Calyx lobes broadly ovate to transversally elliptic or rhombic, 0.5 × 1 mm. Petals spatulate-obovate, 2 × 1–1.3 mm. Fruit globose, c. 8 mm in diameter, whitish to dark purple-black when ripe, crowned by persistent calyx lobes.
Derivation of specific name: parvifolia: with small leaves.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to southern Mozambique and northeastern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Endangered
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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 712. (Includes a picture).

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 90.

Stone, R.D. & Ntetha, N.A. (2013). Warneckea parvifolia (Melastomataceae–Olisbeoideae), a new “sand-forest” endemic from northeastern KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) and southernmost Mozambique, and a phylogenetic analysis of eastern and southern African representatives of W. section Warnecke South African Journal of Botany 88 Pages 320 - 324. Protologue (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Warneckea parvifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Warneckea parvifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Warneckea parvifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Warneckea parvifolia
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iNaturalist: Warneckea parvifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Warneckea parvifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Warneckea parvifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Warneckea parvifolia
Plants of the World Online: Warneckea parvifolia
Tropicos: Warneckea parvifolia
Wikipedia: Warneckea parvifolia

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: Warneckea parvifolia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=229720, retrieved 19 April 2024

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