Grewia villosa Willd.

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Grewia villosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Grewia villosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Grewia villosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Grewia villosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Common names: Mallow raisin (English) Mallow-leaved cross-berry (English)
Status: Native
Much-branched shrub, up to 3 m. Branches covered in yellowish silky hairs. Leaves broadly elliptic to almost round, up to 12 cm long, 3-veined from the base, thickly textured, grey-green and hairy above with sunken veins, much paler below, covered in rough greyish-white, cream or rusty hairs; base slightly cordate; apex rounded; margin toothed. Flowers in small leaf-opposed clusters, yellow, c. 2 cm in diameter. Fruit shallowly 4-lobed, c. 1.5 cm in diameter, silky hairy, red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: villosa: covered with long, soft, weak hairs, villous
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the drier parts of Africa, Cape Verde Islands, Arabia and India.
Botswana distribution: N
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 569. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 442 - 443. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 259.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 109.

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 227.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 62 - 63.

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Flora of Caprivi: Grewia villosa
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Grewia villosa
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Grewia villosa
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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: Grewia villosa., retrieved 25 May 2024

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