Vangueria cyanescens Robyns

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Vangueria cyanescens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Ngepi Camp, Kavango River

Vangueria cyanescens

Photo: Petra Ballings
Ngepi Camp, Kavango River

Vangueria cyanescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Treehouse 8, Ngepi Camp, Kavango River

Vangueria cyanescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngepi Camp, Kavango River

Vangueria cyanescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngepi Camp, Kavango River

Vangueria cyanescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Treehouse 8, Ngepi Camp, Kavango River

Vangueria cyanescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Treehouse 8, Ngepi Camp, Kavango River

Vangueria cyanescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Treehouse 8, Ngepi Camp, Kavango River

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Synonyms:
Common names: Forest wild medlar (English) Kalahari wild medlar (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree, often multi-stemmed; bark wine-red, smooth but becoming powdery. Leaves opposite, elliptic, 6-15 cm long, thinly textured, usually completely hairless but sometimes with a few scattered hairs; petiole 2-5 mm long; stipules with a base c. 2 mm long and an apendage 5 mm long; older stipule congested with a few hairs inside. Inflorescences axillary, more or less sparsely pubescent, 5-13-flowered, often appearing before the leaves are fully grown. Calyx with lobes narrowly oblong, up to 2 mm long. Corolla greenish-cream, hairy in the throat. Fruit subglobose, up to 2 cm in diameter, green to brownish, with a persistent apical ring left by the calyx.
Notes: Closely related to Vangueria proschii and considered a hairless variety of that species by some authors.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On Kalahari sand in Baikiea forest, thickets and on termite mounds.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.
Botswana distribution: N
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 30 May 2019
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 251 - 252.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1076.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 616. (Includes a picture).

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 464 - 465. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 94.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 99.

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 118.

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 224.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Vangueria cyanescens.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=202260, retrieved 22 November 2019

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