Swaziland's Flora Database:
Maesa lanceolata Forssk.
(name current 2016)
Umbohlobohlo, Umbongambonga, Magucu
(Maesa lanceolata var. rufescens)
Growth form: Tree
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Local abundance: occasional
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Maesa lanceolata - (Umbohlobohlo, Umbongambonga, Magucu) Large leafy evergreen shrub, hairless or sometimes rusty-downy on young stems and undersurfaces of leaves. Leaves alternate; stalks up to 3 cm long; blades oval, up to 10 cm long, sometimes more, x c 8 cm wide, coarsely toothed, gland-dotted. Inflorescences lateral, much-branched, shorter than leaves, more or less hairy. Flower parts usually in fives; corolla c 2 mm long, shortly tubular, white. Fruit small, fleshy, many-seeded, crowned with calyx and style.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.