Ozoroa reticulata (Baker f.) R. Fern. & A. Fern.

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Ozoroa reticulata

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Cleveland Dam

Ozoroa reticulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Ozoroa reticulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Heeria reticulata (Baker f.) Engl.
Ozoroa insignis Delile subsp. reticulata (Baker f.) J.B. Gillett
Ozoroa reticulata (Baker f.) R. & A. Fern. subsp. reticulata
Ozoroa reticulata (Baker f.) R. & A. Fern. subsp. grandifolia R. & A. Fernandes
Ozoroa reticulata (Baker f.) R. & A. Fern. subsp. foveolata R. & A. Fernandes
Common names: Raisin bush (English) Tar berry (English)
Status: Native
A small, much-branched deciduous tree. The bark is grey, rough and flaking in small squares; young branchlets densely hairy, yellowish to reddish. Leaves alternate or in whorls of three, variable in shape and size but mostly elliptic, densely hairy, particularly below with conspicuous net-veining. The flowers are small and greenish, in branched terminal heads. The fruits are small, kidney-shaped and raisin-like, black and wrinkled when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: reticulata: reticulate, netted, referring to the conspicuous net-veining.
Habitat: A variety of more open woodland types, or rocky outcrops.
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana; also Tanzania (more depending on the definition of the species)
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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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 56. as Ozoroa insignis reticulata (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 481. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 42. As Ozoroa insignis reticulata

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27. As Ozoroa insignis reticulata

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 1 - 4. as Heeria reticulata (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 7. as Ozoroa insignis

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 21. As Ozoroa insignis subsp. reticulata

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 254. As Ozoroa reticulata reticulata reticulata and crispa

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 118 - 119. as Ozoroa insignis subsp. reticulata (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 575 - 576. As a number of subspecies and vaieties (Includes a picture).

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84. As Heeria reticulata

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 22. as Ozoroa insignis reticulata

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 24. As Ozoroa insignis subsp. reticulata

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 68 - 69. as Ozoroa insignis (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 38 - 39. as Heeria insignis and H. reticulata (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 37.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Ozoroa reticulata.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136590, retrieved 19 July 2024

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