Syzygium cordatum Hochst. ex C. Krauss

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Syzygium cordatum

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Cleveland Dam

Syzygium cordatum

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Cleveland Dam

Syzygium cordatum

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Mutoko CL

Syzygium cordatum

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Pungwe River at Katiyo Tea Estate

Syzygium cordatum

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Shavanhohwe River, c. 2kms east of Musami BC, Mangwende CL

Syzygium cordatum

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Shavanhohwe River, c. 2kms east of Musami BC, Mangwende CL

Syzygium cordatum

Photo: Amanda Mileson
Shavanhohwe River, c. 2kms east of Musami BC, Mangwende CL

Syzygium cordatum

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Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Eugenia cordata (Hochst. ex C. Krauss) M.A. Lawson p.p.
Common names: Waterberry (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves opposite, sessile, successive pairs at right angles, elliptic, oblong to almost circular, crowded near the ends of branches. Flowers in branched terminal heads, creamy-white, sometimes pinkish, the large number of stamens being most conspicuous. Fruit an oval berry, up to 1.5 cm, deep purple to almost black when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: cordatum: heart-shaped or cordate
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Uganda and the DRC southwards to Angola, the FZ area and South Africa
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Deudorix dinochares (Larval foodplant)
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Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 24.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 502.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 278 - 279. (Includes a picture).

Kamumvuri, G. (ed.) (2004). Plants of Zimbabwe Report No. 1 National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 480 - 481. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 89.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 56. as Eugenia cordata (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 Pages 126 - 127.

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 220.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 320 - 321. (Includes a picture).

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White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 411 - 412. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Syzygium cordatum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Syzygium cordatum
African Plant Database: Syzygium cordatum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Syzygium cordatum
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Syzygium cordatum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Syzygium cordatum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Syzygium cordatum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Syzygium cordatum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Syzygium cordatum
Ispot Southern Africa: Syzygium cordatum
JSTOR Plant Science: Syzygium cordatum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Syzygium cordatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Syzygium cordatum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Syzygium cordatum
Tropicos: Syzygium cordatum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Syzygium cordatum., retrieved 23 April 2018

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