Rinorea elliptica (Oliv.) Kuntze

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Rinorea elliptica

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Catapu Concession, Sofala.

Rinorea elliptica

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Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Rinorea elliptica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Rinorea elliptica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Rinorea elliptica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Rinorea elliptica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Alsodeia elliptica Oliv.
Common names: Red-fruited violet-bush (English)
Frequency: Very rare, fewer than 10 specimens known.
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Leaves alternate, narrowly to broadly elliptic or ovate, 5-10 cm long, bright green, hairless, veining prominent on both surfaces, base rounded or somewhat cordate; margin finely dentate; petiole grooved along the top. Flowers axillary, in spike-like heads, white or salmon-pink, 1-1.5 cm in diameter, sweetly scented. petals often curved backwards. Fruit a small subspherical or 3-sided capsule with a sharp point, 6-7 mm long, red, hairless, splitting into 3 valves.
Notes: In Zimbabwe it is only known from some forest along the Runde River in Gonarezhou NP.
Its habitat is seriously threatened by erosion and elephant damage.
Derivation of specific name: elliptica: elliptic, oblong with rounded ends
Habitat: In the understorey of lowland forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 270 m (approx)
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
Insects associated with this species: Acraea cuva cuva (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 15 December 2007
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 261.

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 83.

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Violaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 248.


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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: Rinorea elliptica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140590, retrieved 24 November 2017

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