Uvaria lucida Benth.
subsp. virens (N.E. Br.) Verdc.

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Synonyms: Uvaria gazensis Baker f.
Uvaria nyassensis Engl. & Diels
Uvaria virens N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or liane, rarely a small tree. Bark grey, smooth, with lenticels; young branchlets with short rusty hairs, hairless when older. Leaves elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, up to c. 12 × 6 cm, leathery, greyish-green and hairless above, brighter green below, sometimes with a few hairs along the prominent veins on both surfaces; margin entire. Flowers in 1-3-flowered terminal or leaf-opposed clusters, yellowish-green or dull green, 1.5 - 3 cm in diameter, fleshy. Fruit of 10-20 more or less cylindrical carpels, c. 2.5 cm long, usually several-seeded dark to orange-brown, finely hairy.
Derivation of specific name: lucida: shining, probably referring to the leaves
Habitat: Occurring in forest and dense thickets.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov
Worldwide distribution: SW Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Malawi distribution: S?
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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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 133. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 204.

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.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 24. As Uvaria lucida

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 17.

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 108 - 110. As Uvaria virens (Includes a picture).

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 23.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 8. as Uvaria gazensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 40.

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Flora of Mozambique: Uvaria lucida subsp. virens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Uvaria lucida subsp. virens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Uvaria lucida
African Plant Database: Uvaria lucida
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Uvaria lucida
Plants of the World Online: Uvaria lucida
Tropicos: Uvaria lucida
Wikipedia: Uvaria lucida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Uvaria lucida subsp. virens.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123790, retrieved 21 April 2024

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