Friesodielsia obovata (Benth.) Verdc.

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Friesodielsia obovata

Photo: Brian Rode
Ngamiland Concession 15 - Linyanti

Friesodielsia obovata

Photo: Brian Rode
Ngamiland Concession 15 - Linyanti

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Synonyms: Popowia obovata (Benth.) Engl. & Diels
Common names: Northern dwaba-berry (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or very small tree. Leaves alternate, obovate, bluish-green with conspicuous pale veins, velvety when young. Flowers solitary, terminal or above the leaf axils, cream to greenish yellow, fleshy.
Notes: This species in leaf resembles closely Bridelia mollis (Phyllanthaceae). However, species in the Annonaceae have leaves which are aromatic when crushed and also do not possess stipules, which the Phyllanthaceae do. Furthermore, the leaves of Friesodielsia are usually obovate (ovate to obovate in B. mollis). The flowers and fruits of the two species are of course completely different.
Derivation of specific name: obovata: with obovate leaves
Habitat: Most often in riverine vegetation, but also on termite mounds and in rocky granite kopjes, sometimes in normal woodland.
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, southern DRC, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Graphium leonidas leonidas (Food plant)
Graphium porthaon porthaon (Larval foodplant)
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 59. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 125. as Monanthotaxis obovata (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 205 - 206. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 87. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 23.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 74.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 72. (Includes a picture).

Kamumvuri, G. (ed.) (2004). Plants of Zimbabwe Report No. 1 National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 48 - 49. (Includes a picture).

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 17.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 25. (Includes a picture).

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 123 - 124. as Popowia obovata (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 23.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 196.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 158 - 159. (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 Botswana: Species information: Friesodielsia obovata., retrieved 12 April 2024

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