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.
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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Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 73 - 74. Ad s Hoslundia debumbens

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 215.

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Flora of Botswana: Hoslundia opposita
Flora of Malawi: Hoslundia opposita
Flora of Mozambique: Hoslundia opposita
Flora of Zambia: Hoslundia opposita
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hoslundia opposita

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hoslundia opposita
African Plant Database: Hoslundia opposita
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Hoslundia opposita
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hoslundia opposita
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hoslundia opposita
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Hoslundia opposita
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hoslundia opposita
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hoslundia opposita
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Hoslundia opposita
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hoslundia opposita
Ispot Southern Africa: Hoslundia opposita
JSTOR Plant Science: Hoslundia opposita
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hoslundia opposita
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hoslundia opposita
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hoslundia opposita
Tropicos: Hoslundia opposita

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Hoslundia opposita.
http://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150110, retrieved 26 March 2017

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