Vepris nobilis (Delile) Mziray

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Vepris nobilis

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Cloudlands, Vumba

Vepris nobilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands, Vumba

Vepris nobilis

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John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Vepris nobilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Vepris nobilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Reserve, Stapleford

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Synonyms: Aspidostigma acuminatum Hochst.
Cranzia nobilis (Delile) Kuntze
Teclea diversifolia Lanza
Teclea natalensis sensu auct.
Teclea nobilis Delile
Toddalia nobilis (Delile) Hook.f. ex Oliv.
Common names: Small-fruited teclea (English)
Status: Native
Evergreen shrub or tree. Leaves 3-foliolate with narrowly elliptic leaflets, aromatic when crushed, glossy dark green. Flowers in axillary and terminal branched sprays, creamy yellow-green, sweetly scented. Fruits in large clusters, orange-red when ripe.
Notes: See Vepris bachmannii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: nobilis: noble, stately
Habitat: In riverine and evergreen forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, East Africa and south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Papilio dardanus cenea (Food plant)
Papilio demodocus demodocus (Food plant)
Papilio nireus lyaeus (Larval foodplant)
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 256. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 356. As Vepris nobilis (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 54.

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 21.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 248.

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 75. as Vepris nobilis

Mendonça, F. A. (1963). Rutaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 206 - 208. (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 29.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 29.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 171. as Vepris nobilis

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 75.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Vepris nobilis
Flora of Mozambique: Vepris nobilis
Flora of Zambia: Vepris nobilis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Vepris nobilis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vepris nobilis
African Plant Database: Vepris nobilis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vepris nobilis
JSTOR Plant Science: Vepris nobilis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vepris nobilis
Plants of the World Online: Vepris nobilis
Tropicos: Vepris nobilis
Wikipedia: Vepris nobilis

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: Vepris nobilis., retrieved 13 June 2024

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