Euclea natalensis A. DC.
subsp. obovata F. White

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Euclea natalensis subsp. obovata

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Along road to Mpawe Village,Coutada 12, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Euclea fructuosa Hiern
Common names: Coastal hairy guarri (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small bushy tree, 2-7 m tall. Bark greyish, rough and fissured, flaking in thick pieces. Leaves obovate to broadly oblanceolate, up to 6-11 cm long, with a rounded to obtuse apex, sparsely hairy below. Flowers in dense, branched axillary heads, greenish-white or cream, most parts covered in dense rusty woolly hairs. Fruit in clusters, round c. 7 mm in diameter, sometimes rusty hairy, red to black.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa;
obovata: with obovate leaves.
Habitat: Often in scrub forest and thickets, less often in riverine forest, Brachystegia woodland or on termite mounds.
Altitude range: Up to 900 m
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Friday 18 May 2018

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 762. (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 82.

White, F. (1983). Ebenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 289 - 291. (Includes a picture).

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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: Euclea natalensis subsp. obovata., retrieved 25 April 2024

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