Names: English jackal-berry, swamp ebony, and African ebony Botanical: Diospyros mespiliformis. Shona: Musuma, Mushuma. Ndebele: Umdlauzo/Umsuma Other languages: Ntoma/Mgula(shangaan), mushumha (ndau), musuma (Venda), DESCRIPTION The generic name Diospyros means ‘divine pear’, and the specific name mespiliformis is derived from two words,‘mesos’ meaning half, and ‘pilos’, which is bullets. Belongs to a family Ebenaceae....
Botanical: Vanguerai infausta Common English Name: Velvet wild medlar / Africa medlar Shona: Munjiro, Munzviru or Munzvirwa Ndebele: Umviyo Vanguerai infausta is a small to medium deciduous tree or shrub with height varying from 2 to 8 metres. Tree-of-the-year-brochure...
Botanical name: Bolusanthusspeciosus Common name: Tree wisteria Shona Names: mukweshangoma, mupaka, murutsa and mushengamhara Ndebele names: impaca, umbambangwe Background The tree wisteria is certainly one of the most spectacular of our indigenous trees when in flower, mimicking the splendour of the Jacaranda, which unfortunately is proving to be an invader species in parts of Southern Africa. Given time and effort, the tree wisteria could replace the Jacaranda trees from Harare streets with indigenous purple blooms instead....
Red-leaved rock fig (English) Mutsamvi (Shona) Inkiwane (Ndebele) This is a briefly deciduous species, terrestrial or starting as a strangler. It is variable in height and habit, from a small to medium sized tree growing to 13m or more. The larger species can be found occurring on rocky outcrops, stony hillsides, in riverine fringes and in thick woodlands....
The “Big Tree” of Chirinda Forest is the most common example of a Khaya anthotheca. Khaya anthotheca is a large evergreen tree which grows up to 60m tall (up to 30m in the garden) with an elongated or rounded, much-branched crown; the trunk is buttressed in old specimens....