Uapaca robynsii De Wild.

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Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Mike Bingham
Nyika escarpment

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Mike Bingham
Nyika escarpment

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road near path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road near path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road near path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road near path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road near path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road near path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road near path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road near path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Uapaca robynsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road near path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Uapaca benguelensis sensu Topham, non Müll. Arg.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
An often stunted, spreading shrub or small tree up to 7 m high, with gnarled divaricate branches often arising from near the ground; bark deeply-fissured, grey to black or brownish-black.Young twigs stout 1–1.5 cm in diameter, densely woolly. Leaves broadly obovate to suborbicular-obovate, sometimes elliptic-oblong, saddle-shaped, 6–23 cm long, thickly leathery, dark or dull grey-green and hairless above, except on the midrib and lateral nerves when young, densely whitish or rusty woolly beneath, midrib often bright yellow; lateral nerves in 10–18 pairs, often almost perpendicular to the midrib, not prominent or slightly impressed above, not or scarcely prominent beneath; margin entire or rarely undulate-sinuate; petioles 1–8 cm long, fairly stout. Stipules subulate-filiform, 1–2.5 cm long, densely hairy, soon falling. Inflorescences usually borne among or just below the leaves. Male flowers on peduncles 1–2 cm long, calyx lobes 5; stamens 5, creamy-yellow. Female flowers on peduncles 3–4 mm long, extending to 5 mm in fruit, pubescent, calyx 4 mm in diameter, scarcely lobed. Fruits ellipsoid, 3 × 2.5 cm, smooth, densely rusty hairy when young, yellowish when fresh, reddish-brown when dried.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: robynsii: after (Frans Hubert Edouard Arthur) Walter Robyns (1901-1986), Belgian botanist and former Director of the Jardin Botanique National de Belgique (National Botanic Garden of Belgium).
Habitat: In woodland with Brachystegia, Isoberlinia and Uapaca, wooded grassland, sometimes locally dominant, usually in sandy or rocky, well drained soils on hillsides or escarpments.
Altitude range: 1300 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Katanga, DRC, Zambia and northern Malawi.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 4 September 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 151. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 51.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 102.

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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: Uapaca robynsii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=210490, retrieved 18 May 2024

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