Vitex ferruginea Schumach. & Thonn.

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (10)

Vitex ferruginea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haroni rd near Vhimba Camp.

Vitex ferruginea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haroni rd near Vhimba Camp.

Vitex ferruginea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haroni rd near Vhimba Camp.

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms: subsp. amboniensis (Gürke) Verdc.
Vitex amboniensis Gürke
Vitex swynnertonii S. Moore
Common names: Plum fingerleaf (English)
Status: Native
Usually a scrambling, multi-stemmed shrub. Bark grey to brown, finely striated. Leaves 3-5-foliolate, lower most leaflets often undeveloped. Leaflets elliptic to obovate, dark green, somewhat leathery, hairless above, with hairtuft domatia below in the axils of conspicuous veins; margin entire or toothed in apical half; petiole with a groove along the top. Flowers with a white corolla tube and mauve-blue lobes and lip, scented. Fruit subspherical to ellipsoid, up to 2 cm long, fleshy, purple-black, frilled at the base by the persistent calyx.
Derivation of specific name: ferruginea: rusty-brown in colour
Habitat: On sandy soils in deciduous woodland and along streambanks, often among rocks.
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa southwards to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Monday 25 December 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 860. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271. As Vitex amboniensis

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 81 - 82.

Other sources of information about Vitex ferruginea:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Vitex ferruginea
Flora of Zambia: Vitex ferruginea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Vitex ferruginea

External websites:

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

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 Caprivi: Species information: Vitex ferruginea., retrieved 23 January 2019

Site software last modified: 2 April 2018 10:49pm
Terms of use