Grewia occidentalis L.
var. occidentalis

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Grewia occidentalis var. occidentalis

Photo: David Hartung
Garden, Maxwell Rd, Harare

Grewia occidentalis var. occidentalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Grewia occidentalis var. occidentalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

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Synonyms: Grewia chirindae Baker f.
Grewia microphylla Weim.
Common names: Bow-wood (English) Button-wood (English) Cross-berry (English)
Shrub or small tree, often scrambling. Leaves elliptic to slightly ovate, up to 14 cm long, 3-veined from the symmetric base, somewhat shiny green above, somewhat paler below, sparsely hairy mainly on the veins; margin scalloped or toothed. Flowers leaf-opposed, solitary or in few-flowered clusters, purple, mauve or pink, rarely white, c. 3 cm in diameter. Fruit mostly 4-lobed, c. 15 mm in diameter, reddish-brown when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: occidentalis: occidental, western
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal.
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Rufoclanis numosae (L)
Anaphe reticulata (Larval foodplant)
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 102 - 103. (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 579. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

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.

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 47. as Grewia chirindae (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 180.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 58 - 59.

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Flora of Mozambique: Grewia occidentalis var. occidentalis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Grewia occidentalis var. occidentalis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Grewia occidentalis var. occidentalis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Grewia occidentalis
African Plant Database: Grewia occidentalis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Grewia occidentalis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Grewia occidentalis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Grewia occidentalis
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iNaturalist: Grewia occidentalis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Grewia occidentalis
JSTOR Plant Science: Grewia occidentalis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Grewia occidentalis
Plants of the World Online: Grewia occidentalis
Tropicos: Grewia occidentalis
Wikipedia: Grewia occidentalis

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 occidentalis var. occidentalis., retrieved 22 April 2024

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