Halleria lucida L.

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Halleria lucida

Photo: Rob Burrett
Garden, Sims Rd, Mt Pleasant, Harare

Halleria lucida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fern garden, Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Halleria lucida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fern garden, Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Halleria lucida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland

Halleria lucida

Photo: Rob Burrett
Garden, Sims Rd, Mt Pleasant, Harare

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Synonyms: Halleria abyssinica Jaub. & Spach
Common names: Tree fuchsia (English)
Status: Native
Straggling shrub or tree up to 12 m with drooping sub-quadrangular branches. Leaves opposite, broadly ovate, 4.5–10 cm long, leathery, hairless, minutely glandular-punctate beneath; margin shortly serrate-crenate; petiole 4–12 mm long. Flowers in clusters on the older leafless branches and trunk on pedicels 10–14 mm long with pair of bracteoles below the middle. Corolla orange-yellow to brownish-red, 25–33 mm long, tube curved, widening above to 6–10 mm, unequally 4-lobed. Stamens long exserted. Style 20–38 mm long. Fruit an ovoid to subglobose berry, 12–18 mm long, blackish-purple when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: lucida: shining
Habitat: Margins of montane and riverine forests.
Flowering time:Mainly Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Yemen south through Ethiopia to South Africa
Botswana distribution: SE
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Oedicentra albipennis (Larval foodplant)
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Flora of Malawi: Halleria lucida
Flora of Mozambique: Halleria lucida
Flora of Zambia: Halleria lucida
Flora of Zimbabwe: Halleria lucida
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Halleria lucida

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Halleria lucida
African Plant Database: Halleria lucida
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Halleria lucida
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Halleria lucida
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iNaturalist: Halleria lucida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Halleria lucida
JSTOR Plant Science: Halleria lucida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Halleria lucida
Plants of the World Online: Halleria lucida
Tropicos: Halleria lucida
Wikipedia: Halleria lucida

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: Halleria lucida.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=151010, retrieved 16 June 2024

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