Antidesma vogelianum Müll. Arg.

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Antidesma vogelianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani

Antidesma vogelianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani

Antidesma vogelianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Antidesma membranaceum Müll. Arg. var. crassifolium Pax & K. Hoffm.
Antidesma staudtii Pax
Common names:
Status: Native
Evergreen shrub or small tree, sometimes scrambling, often with spreading or drooping branches. Young branches pubescent, becoming hairless with age. Leaves leathery, elliptic-oblanceolate with a distinct acuminate driptip, dark glossy green above, paler or sometimes rusty brownish beneath, usually hairless except for the midrib and main veins; stipules linear to narrowly elliptic, up to 15 mm long, pubescent. Male inflorescences terminal or subterminal on lateral shoots, up to 13 cm long. Female inflorescences similar, unbranched. Fruit ellipsoid, strongly compressed, green to whitish at first then red to purple-black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: vogelianum: after either Julius Rudolph Theodor Vogel (1812-1841) or his brother Eduard Vogel, co-director of the Bonn Botanical Gardens. Both were German, explorers, botanists and plant collectors.
Habitat: A understorey species of evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution: N,S
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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 407. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

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

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 40.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 108 - 110. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 85.

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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 97.

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Flora of Mozambique: Antidesma vogelianum
Flora of Zambia: Antidesma vogelianum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Antidesma vogelianum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Antidesma vogelianum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Antidesma vogelianum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Antidesma vogelianum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Antidesma vogelianum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Antidesma vogelianum
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Antidesma vogelianum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Antidesma vogelianum
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Wikipedia: Antidesma vogelianum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Antidesma vogelianum., retrieved 21 March 2023

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