Rapanea melanophloeos (L.) Mez

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Rapanea melanophloeos

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At junction of Thazima-Kaperekezi rd and Chelinda rd, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Myrsine melanophloeos (L.) R. Br.
Myrsine neurophylla Gilg
Myrsine rhodondendroides Gilg
Myrsine runssorica Gilg
Rapanea neurophylla (Gilg) Mez
Rapanea pellucido-striata Gilg & Schellenb.
Rapanea pulchra Gilg & Schellenb.
Rapanea rhodondendroides (Gilg) mez
Rapanea runssorica (Gilg) Mez
Rapanea schliebenii Mildbr.
Rapanea ulugurensis Mez
Rapanea umbratilis S. Moore
Rapanea usambarensis Gilg & Schellenb.
Sideroxylon melanophloeos L.
Common names: Cape beech (English)
Status: Native
Small to large evergreen tree with a straight stem, sometimes fluted at the base in large specimens. Leaves are crowded near the end of branches, elliptic to oblanceolate up to 15 cm long, leathery, hairless, with translucent dots and streaks; margin entire; petiole 5-10 mm long, typically pink to red, turning purple-brown in older leaves. Flowers are borne in small inconspicuous clusters, axillary along the branches, greenish-yellow. Fruit a globose, 1-seeded drupe, 3-5 mm in diameter, purple, borne on the previous year's wood.
Derivation of specific name: melanophloeos: with black bark
Habitat: A species of montane evergreen and riverine forests, sometimes on more exposed rocky cliffs in high rainfall areas.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jun - Aug (often later)
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and southern Africa
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 11 October 2018

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Rapanea melanophloeos.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143560, retrieved 19 October 2019

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