Botanical name: Ehretia cymosa Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Ehretia breviflora, Ehretia diffusa
Murembu Tree is a shrub or small tree 2-9 m. tall, with spreading crown and often weak drooping branches. Young stems are velvet-hairy or soon becoming hairless. Leaf-blades are elliptic or elliptic- to ovate-oblong, 7.5-20 cm long, 3.5-12 cm wide, tapering at the tip, wedge-shaped, rounded or somewhat heart-shaped at the base, hairless above, veins raised beneath; leaf-stalk 1.2-3.5 cm. long, hairless, finely velvet-hairy or hairy. Flowers are hermaphrodite, fragrant, in often copious panicles of corymb-like cymes up to 15 cm long and wide. Flower-stalks are jointed at the base, 1-2 mm long. Sepal-cup is bell-shaped, 1.5-2 mm long, with 4-5 lanceshaped sepals 0.7-1.2 mm. long, pointed, hairless or finely velvet-hairy, fringed with hairs. Flower are white, yellowish or pinkish white, bell-shaped, 4-8 mm long; tube 1.5-3 mm long; petals 4-5, oblong, 1.5-4 mm long, 1.5-1.8 mm. wide, blunt or somewhat pointed, reflexed. Stamens protrude out, with filaments 2.4-3.5 mm long. Fruits are orange, red or black, ovoid to nearly spherical, 2-6 mm in diameter, apiculate, breaking up at maturity into 4 mericarps. Murembu Tree is native to Africa, cultivated elsewhere.
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