Aphloia theiformis (Vahl) Benn.

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Aphloia theiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Aphloia theiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Aphloia theiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Aphloia myrtifolia Galpin
Lightfootia theiformis Vahl
Neumannia myrtifolia (Galpin) Th. Dur.
Neumannia theiformis (Vahl) A. Rich.
Prockia theiformis (Vahl) Willd.
Common names: Albino-berry (English) Mountain peach (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Branches reddish, angled with distinct winged ridges and a zig-zagged shape. Leaves held in one plane; margin with fine teeth pointing forward. Flowers in leaf axils along the branches. Berries white.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In montane evergreen forest and forest margins, often as one of the pioneer species.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene islands.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 6 September 2015

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Aphloia theiformis

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Aphloia theiformis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140780, retrieved 17 February 2020

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