Globimetula mweroensis (Baker) Danser

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Globimetula mweroensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Globimetula mweroensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Globimetula mweroensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ewanrigg

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Synonyms: Loranthus braunii sensu auct., non Engl.
Loranthus mweroensis Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Parasitic shrub. The leaves are light green to yellowish green, leathery or slightly fleshy, elliptic, mostly blunt or rounded at the apex. The inflorescences in umbels of 3 to 9 crimson red flowers with a distinct apical swelling, which usually darkens on the mature buds.
Notes: Parasitic mostly on species of Ficus, Faurea and Protea as a host, but also Brachystegia and other legumes, less often on other woodland species. (Polhill & Wiens, 1998).

In practice, it occurs on a very wide range of hosts including a number of exotic species. It was found on Strychnos spinosa at Cleveland Dam and on two exotic species in the Salicaceae, Populus deltoides and Salix babylonica at Greystone Park. At Ewanrigg, it grew on the native species Acacia galpinii. and also on three exotics: Acacia podalyriifolia, Liquidambar styraciflua and Lagerstroemia indica.

In the Mukuvisi Woodland on 12 August 2008, it was seen in flower on the Dalbergia sissoo, a planted exotic near to the Blatherwick Avenue gate.
Derivation of specific name: mweroensis: of Lake Mweru in Zambia, where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: Parasitic on trees
Altitude range: (metres) 1280 - 1540 m
Flowering time:Apr - Aug
Worldwide distribution: E Angola, DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s):
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Images last updated: Saturday 23 August 2008
Literature:

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 41, plate 62

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 170 - 172. (Includes a picture).

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, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Globimetula mweroensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120940, retrieved 5 December 2016

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