Lasiodiscus usambarensis Engl.

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Synonyms: Lasiodiscus holtzii Baker f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small evergreen tree. Bark grey, smooth with raised lenticels. Leaves opposite to sub-opposite, elliptic to ovate, up to 9-14 cm long, thinly textured, veining indented above, prominent below; margin finely toothed or scalloped. Flowers small and inconspicuous, in axillary clusters, greenish-white with a small fleshy disk, c. 2 mm in diameter. Fruit a capsule, c. 10 mm in diameter, finely hairy, green.
Notes: Not recorded from Malawi in Flora Zambesiaca (Volume 2 part 2: 438, 1963).
Derivation of specific name: usambarensis: of the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Eastern and southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Chirinda Forest, Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36. As Lasiodiscus usambarensis gossweileri

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 22.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 81.

Drummond, R.B. (1966). Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 433 - 439. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

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 69.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 158.

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.

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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: Lasiodiscus usambarensis., retrieved 24 June 2024

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