Grewia micrantha Bojer

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Grewia micrantha

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Catapu, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Grewia aurantiaca Weim.
Grewia woodiana K. Schum.
Common names: Golden-fruit raisin (English)
Status: Native
A small, shrubby tree with drooping branches. Branches often with pale lenticels. Leaves ovate-oblong or elliptic, 3-9 cm long, 3-veined from the base, hairless or sparsely hairy above, with dense white hairs below and tufts of brown hairs on the veins; base asymmetric; margin toothed. Flowers yellow, c. 2 cm in diameter, in few-flowered, axillary heads, petals shorter and deeper colour than sepals. Fruit spherical, deeply 2-lobed, or 1-lobed by abortion, each lobe c. 7 mm in diameter, pubescent, yellowish.
Derivation of specific name: micrantha: small-flowered
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Also possibly in Madagascar.
Malawi distribution: C,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 576. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 258.

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 81.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 180.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 53 - 54.

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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: Grewia micrantha., retrieved 23 June 2024

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