Psydrax whitei Bridson

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Psydrax whitei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road between Kaperekeza turn-off and Chelinda, Nyika National Park

Psydrax whitei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road between Kaperekeza turn-off and Chelinda, Nyika National Park

Psydrax whitei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road between Kaperekeza turn-off and Chelinda, Nyika National Park

Psydrax whitei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road between Kaperekeza turn-off and Chelinda, Nyika National Park

Psydrax whitei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road between Kaperekeza turn-off and Chelinda, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Canthium sp. 2 of F. White, F.F.N.R.: 404 (1962)
Canthium whitei (Bridson) F. White
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree; young branches pubescent; bark greyish. Leaves mostly restricted to young, green branches ovate or sometimes elliptic to round, 1.3–3 cm long, thinly textured to slightly leathery, shiny and hairless above, more or less pubescent on midrib beneath; lateral nerves in 3–4 main pairs, impressed above; domatia present; petioles up to 2 mm long; stipules triangular-acuminate, 3–4 mm long, keeled when mature. Flowers 4-merous, in 10–70-flowered, compact, heads on pubescent peduncles 3–15 mm long; pedicels 2–13 mm long, pubescent. Calyx tube 1 mm long, broader than long, hairless or with a few hairs towards the base; limb 0.5–0.75 mm long, irregularly dentate. Corolla greenish-cream; tube 1.5–2 mm long, pubescent at throat; lobes oblong, 2.5–3 mm long. Fruit broadly oblong in outline, 7 × 7 × 4 mm, black when mature.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: whitei: after Frank White (1927-1994), botanist, collector and author who was an expert on African flora and curator of the herbarium at the University of Oxford.
Habitat: Along margins of evergreen forest and on rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: 2000 - 2450 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Thursday 8 November 2018
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 353 - 355. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 251. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 109. as Canthium whitei

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 92.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 470 - 471. as Canthium whitei (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Psydrax whitei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Psydrax whitei
The Plant List (version 1.1): Psydrax whitei
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Psydrax whitei.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=202750, retrieved 16 December 2018

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