Syzygium guineense (Willd.) DC.
subsp. huillense (Hiern) F. White

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Syzygium guineense subsp. huillense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya

Syzygium guineense subsp. huillense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya

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Synonyms: Eugenia guineensis (Willd.) Baill. ex Laness. var. huillensis Hiern
Syzygium huillense (Hiern) Engl.
Syzygium mumbwaense Greenway
Common names: Dwarf waterberry (English)
Status: Native
Dwarf suffrutex, growing from a rhizome, up to 0.6 m tall but usually less. Leaves variable, ovate, obovate to lanceolate-elliptic. Flowers often on new growth growing straight from the rhizome. The fruits are edible.
Notes: Although it is consistently very different in habit from other subspecies of S. guineense, which are all trees, most authors agree there is not enough evidence to support claims to treat it as a separate species.
Derivation of specific name: huillensis: of the Huilla region in Angola where this taxon was first collected.
Habitat: A species of open woodland and seasonally waterlogged grassland, often in sandy soils.
Altitude range: 900 - 1540 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and possibly in Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 19 November 2020

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 699. As Syzygium huillense (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 54.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 836.

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 64.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 81.

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press. Page 304.

White, F. (1978). Myrtaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 198 - 203.

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Flora of Mozambique: Syzygium guineense subsp. huillense
Flora of Zambia: Syzygium guineense subsp. huillense
Flora of Zimbabwe: Syzygium guineense subsp. huillense

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Syzygium guineense
African Plant Database: Syzygium guineense
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Syzygium guineense
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Wikipedia: Syzygium guineense

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: Syzygium guineense subsp. huillense., retrieved 15 July 2024

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