Artabotrys brachypetalus Benth.

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Artabotrys brachypetalus

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National Botanic Garden, Harare

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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Rimiti West (1st stop) by rd to Birchenough Bridge

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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Mtshabezi Dam, Matobo Hills

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Artabotrys brachypetalus

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Near Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge.

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Common names: Large hook-berry (English) Purple hook-berry (English)
Status: Native
Shrub, small tree or sometimes an enormous liane, to 10 m. Branches reddish-brown, rusty-tomentose at first, becoming glabrous. Leaves: petiole 3-5 mm, tomentose; lamina 4.5-11 × 2.2-6.6, obovate to oblanceolate or elliptic-oblong, bluish-green or bright green, glossy and glabrous or sparsely pubescent above, matt and pubescent beneath, coriaceous; base cuneate to rounded; apex obtuse to apiculate or shortly acuminate. Flowers on short condensed zigzag secondary peduncles, these unusual hook-like objects persistent on the plant. Petals 6-15 mm, yellow or cream to greenish. Fruit on a pedicel 1.5-4 cm; fruiting carpels 1-8; each segment 1.5-2.2 cm, oblong-cylindric to obovoid, blackish-purple; stipes 5-9 mm.
Derivation of specific name: brachypetalus: with short petals
Habitat: Usually in riverine vegetation, sometimes in dry woodland, at low and medium altitudes.
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Northern Botswana, DRC (Katanga), Southeastern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, South Africa
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Graphium antheus (Food plant)
Graphium morania (Larval foodplant)
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 118. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 5.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 209 - 210. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 89.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 23.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 237.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 17.

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 130 - 132. (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 108 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 23.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 39.

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Flora of Botswana: Artabotrys brachypetalus
Flora of Malawi: Artabotrys brachypetalus
Flora of Mozambique: Artabotrys brachypetalus
Flora of Zambia: Artabotrys brachypetalus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Artabotrys brachypetalus

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Wikipedia: Artabotrys brachypetalus

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 Caprivi: Species information: Artabotrys brachypetalus., retrieved 16 July 2024

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