Grewia herbacea Welw. ex Hiern

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Grewia herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chakoma, NE of Harare

Grewia herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chakoma, NE of Harare

Grewia herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chakoma, NE of Harare

Grewia herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chakoma, NE of Harare

Grewia herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park

Grewia herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park

Grewia herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park

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Synonyms: Grewia leucodiscus K. Schum.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Much-branched small shrub, up to 3 m but often less than 2 m tall. Branches covered in silky hairs. Leaves very broadly ovate-elliptic to almost round, up to 12 cm long, 3-veined from the base, thickly textured, green and hairy above with sunken veins, much paler below, covered in greyish-white or cream-coloured hairs; base slightly cordate at the base; apex rounded to slightly nothched; margin toothed. Flowers in leaf-opposed clusters, yellow, c 1.5 cm in diameter. Fruit shallowly 4-lobed, c 1.5 cm in diameter, silky hairy.
Notes: This species is very similar to Grewia villosa. It differs in having many long, almost unbranched branches arising directly from the woody rootstock; more flowers per inflorescences, which are smaler than in G. villosa and linear-filiform stipules (ovate to obovate in G. villosa). It generally occurs in areas with somewhat higher rainfall than G. villosa.
Derivation of specific name: herbacea: herbaceous, not woody
Habitat: In deciduous woodland, often with Brachystegia boehmii.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Images last updated: Sunday 21 February 2016
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

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 81.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 63. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Grewia herbacea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=138470, retrieved 23 September 2017

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