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UTRICACEAE

Field Guide to the Moist Forest Trees of Tanzania

Jon C. Lovett, Chris K. Ruffo, Roy E. Gereau & James R.D. Taplin
Illustrations by Line Sørensen & Jilly Lovett

UTRICACEAE

Obetia radula (Baker) Baker ex B.D. Jacks.
Syn. FTEA: NC.
Syn. TTCL: O. pinnatifida Baker
Syn. other: NR.
Local names: NR.
Bole: Small. To 13 m.
Bark: Grey/brown. Smooth/flaky.
Slash: Soft. Juicy.
Leaf: Simple. Palmately-lobed. Clustered at ends of branches.
Petiole: 8 – 15 cm. Hairy.
Lamina: Large. 15 – 25 × 15 – 25 cm. Ovate. Lobed. Cordate. Acuminate. Serrate. Hairy.
Domatia: NR.
Glands: Punctiform cystoliths.
Stipules: Large, ovate, 1.5 – 2.5 × 1.2 – 1.8 cm, persistent.
Thorns & Spines: Absent.
Flower: Axillary panicles up to 20 cm long. Flowers small, yellow. Dioecious.
Fruit: Achene to 0.2 cm long.
Ecology: Dry montane forest margins. Thicket.
Distr: EA, N, LV. Uganda, Kenya, Central Africa and Madagascar.
Notes: Deciduous. Sparsely branched. Stinging hairs.
Uses: NR.
Last Updated: 19 June 2017