Ehretia obtusifolia Hochst. ex A. DC.

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Ehretia obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

Ehretia obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

Ehretia obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along D3508 Kalimbeza road

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Synonyms: Ehretia caerulea Gürke
Common names: Stamperwood (English)
Deciduous shrub or small tree; branches often pubescent with short glandular hairs and small scattered bristles when young. Leaves obovate or elliptic,often widely so, 3-8 cm long, sometimes longer, pubescent with glandular hairs, often more densely so beneath, sometimes only on the midrib and veins, domatia usually absent from the vein axils; margin entire or coarsely dentate in the apical part; petiole up to 2 cm long, glandular pubescent. Inflorescences mostly in terminal heads, 3-7 cm long, up to 30-flowered. Corolla blue to mauve, rarely white or purple, 5-lobed. Fruit fleshy, 5-7mm long, usually glandular-pubescent, orange when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: obtusifolia: with obtuse leaves
Habitat: In woodlands, thickets, on granite hills and often on termite mounds.
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Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia to South Africa,Angola and Namibia.
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Content last updated: Thursday 29 February 2024

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 829. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 564. as Ehretia caerulea

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 30.

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 78 - 79.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 40.

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Flora of Botswana: Ehretia obtusifolia
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Flora of Zambia: Ehretia obtusifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ehretia obtusifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ehretia obtusifolia
African Plant Database: Ehretia obtusifolia
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JSTOR Plant Science: Ehretia obtusifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ehretia obtusifolia
Plants of the World Online: Ehretia obtusifolia
Tropicos: Ehretia obtusifolia
Wikipedia: Ehretia obtusifolia

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: Ehretia obtusifolia., retrieved 25 May 2024

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