Drypetes natalensis (Harv.) Hutch.
var. natalensis

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Drypetes natalensis var. natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Bunga Cliffs, Vumba

Drypetes natalensis var. natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Bunga Cliffs, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cyclostemon natalensis Harv.
Drypetes zombensis Dunkley
Common names: Natal drypetes (English) Stem-fruit drypetes (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves alternate, elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, dark green and glossy, stiffly leathery, often distinctly asymmetric at the base; margins sharply dentate. Flowers unisexual on different trees in conspicuous, dense clusters all along the main trunk and larger branches of the tree. The male flowers have a very unpleasant smell. Fruits spherical, fleshy, yellow-orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Eastern side of Africa from Somalia to South Africa
Malawi distribution: C,S
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Content last updated: Thursday 21 December 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 402. As Drypetes natalensis (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 251. As Drypetes natalensis

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 41.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 87 - 88.

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 25.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 86.

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.

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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: Drypetes natalensis var. natalensis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134490, retrieved 13 June 2024

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