Hoslundia opposita Vahl

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Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, near Inn on the Vumba

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, near Inn on the Vumba

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Twentydales ext., Epworth, Harare.

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Hoslundia opposita

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mahenye rd, Ndowoyo CL.

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Synonyms: Clerodendrum macranthum Gilli
Hoslundia decumbens Benth.
Hoslundia verticillata Vahl
Premna longipes Baker
Common names: Butter-berry (English) Orange bird-berry (English)
Status: Native
Shrub-like aromatic perennial herb up to 3m tall, often regenerating and flowering after fire. Stems and branches sharply 4-angled; branches opposite. Leaves opposite or 3-whorled, elliptic, velvety; margin serrate; petiole short. Flowers in terminal branched inflorescences, white, small. Fruit, ovoid, ribbed, bright orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: opposita: opposite, referring to the branches and the leaves, although leaves are often also 3-whorled.
Habitat: In open woodland and grassland, often on rocky or sandy soils.
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Acherontia atropos (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 31 January 2017

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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: Hoslundia opposita.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150110, retrieved 25 May 2024

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