Tapinanthus forbesii (Sprague) Wiens

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Tapinanthus forbesii

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Outskirts of Gaborone

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Synonyms: Loranthus oleifolius (J.C. Wendl.) Cham. & Schltdl. var. forbesii Sprague
Loranthus sp. aff. globiferus A. Rich. sensu Gomes e Sousa
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Status: Native
Woody plant with stems up to 1-1.5 m long. Leaves mostly opposite; petiole 4-10 mm long; lamina 2-8 × 1-4 cm, green to slightly glaucous, usually obovate-elliptic to obovate-elliptic. Umbels 2-4-flowered, borne in axils and at older nodes. Calyx 1-1.5 mm long, saucer-shaped. Corolla glabrous; tube 2.7-3.2 cm long, dull red, generally with whitish spots, the head of the buds turning greyish-black; bud heads angled or narrowly winged; lobes 7-9 mm long reflexed.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In dry mixed woodland and bushland, occasionally in miombo and mopane, on a wide variety of hosts, commonly Acacia, Combretum, Sterculia and with an aberrant form occurring on Uapaca.
Altitude range: (metres) 0 - 1150 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC (Katanga), Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga).
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 27 December 2016

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Page 166.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 118.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tapinanthus forbesii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120860, retrieved 24 August 2017

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