Tapinanthus quequensis (Weim.) Polhill & Wiens

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Tapinanthus quequensis

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Claremont, 6 km north of Juliasdale

Tapinanthus quequensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Tapinanthus quequensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Tapinanthus quequensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Tapinanthus quequensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Inyangombe Falls, near Udu Dam

Tapinanthus quequensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Inyangombe Falls, near Udu Dam

Tapinanthus quequensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Inyangombe Falls, near Udu Dam

Tapinanthus quequensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Inyangombe Falls, near Udu Dam

Tapinanthus quequensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Inyangombe Falls, near Udu Dam

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Synonyms: Loranthus erianthus sensu Eyles
Loranthus oleifolius (J.C. Wendl.) Danser var. leendertziae Sprague
Loranthus quequensis Weim.
Tapinanthus leendertziae (Sprague) Wiens
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Small parasitic shrub with spreading stems up to c. 1 m. Branchlets puberulous, sometimes with longer hairs on young parts. Leaves opposite or subopposite, sometimes clustered at older nodes, dull green to glaucous, lanceolate to narrowly ovate-elliptic. Flowers in axillary, few-flowered umbels. Corolla c. 3.3 cm long, dull red to purple, densely covered with spreading hairs; lobes c. 9 mm long, reflexed. Stamen filaments red. Berry red, obovoid-spherical, glabrescent.
Notes: - The density of hairs on the corolla is very variable with some specimens entirely covering the corolla, particular in bud or on new flowers. In other specimens the hairs are much less dense, clearly showing the colour of the corolla, which in Zimbabwe can be deep maroon-purple.
- This species differs from T. oleifolius by the longer and often denser hairs on the corolla, and the darker colour.
Derivation of specific name: quequensis: of Que Que (now Kwekwe), a town and district in Central Zimbabwe, where the type specimen was found.
Habitat: In mixed woodland and riverine fringes, most commonly on Acacia, Dichrostachys and Combretum.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Throughout most of year
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Sunday 17 February 2013
Literature:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 59.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 195 - 196. (Includes a picture).

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Page 168.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tapinanthus quequensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120880, retrieved 25 July 2016

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