4966.000 Grewia L.

Description of the genus

Small trees or shrubs, sometimes scrambling or climbing. Stipules lateral. Leaves petiolate, alternate, simple, serrate or rarely entire, 3-7-veined from the base. Flowers in terminal or axillary panicles or in leaf-opposed or axillary umbel-like cymes. Sepals 5, stellately hairy, coloured inside like the petals. Petals 5, most often yellow, less often white and rarely purple (Grewia occidentalis), usually with a nectar-bearing claw or gland at the base. Stamens numerous. Ovary 2-4-locular. Fruit indehiscent, without bristles, a (1-)2-4-lobed drupe with (1-)2-4 pyrenes.

Derivation of name: for Nehemiah Grew (1641-1712), British botanist and physiologist.

Worldwide: 150 species in warm parts of the Old World.

Malawi: 17 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Tagiades flesus (Clouded forester, Clouded flat)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
bicolor Juss.N,SDescription, Image
flavescens Juss. var. flavescens N,SDescription, Image
forbesii Harv. ex Mast.SDescription, Image
herbacea Welw. ex HiernC,SDescription, Image
inaequilatera GarckeSDescription, Image
lepidopetala GarckeSImage
micrantha BojerC,SDescription, Image
microcarpa K. Schum.SDescription, Image
mildbraedii BurretN
monticola Sond.CDescription, Image
occidentalis L. var. occidentalis Description, Image
pachycalyx K. Schum.NDescription, Image
praecox K. Schum.N
stolzii Ulbr.N,C,SDescription, Image
subspathulata N.E. Br.C
sulcata Mast.SDescription, Image
truncata Mast.SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Grewia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Grewia
Flora of Caprivi: Grewia
Flora of Mozambique: Grewia
Flora of Zambia: Grewia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Grewia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Grewia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Grewia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Grewia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Grewia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Grewia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Grewia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Grewia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=933, retrieved 30 May 2020

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