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Base of Njelele Pass, 25km East of Gokwe.
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Loranthus virescens N.E. Br.
Description: Small parasitic shrub with spreading stems up to 1 m. Branchlets tomentose with coarse stellate hairs. Leaves clustered on short shoots, oblong-elliptic or slightly ovate or obovate, stellate pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers in loose, candelabra-like, terminal inflorescences, arising from a tuft of leaves. Corolla 4-5 cm, greenish-yellow, sometimes tinged orange or with red inside, stellate tomentose and with longer hairs. Berry blue-green, 10-12 mm including the calyx, pubescent; seed orange to red. This species may be confused with
E. ngamicum in leaf, but is distinguished by the pedicellate flowers, the longer hairs on the corolla, and blue fruits.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Mostly in mopane woodland but also on a wide variety of other hosts, including cultivated species, such as Citrus, Jacaranda, Melia, Prunus and Psidium guajava.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1500 m
Flowering time: Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Throughout the Flora Zambesiaca area.
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Wednesday 20 December 2006
Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 101. (Includes a picture).
Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 81. Comments
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Erianthemum virescens Kew Herbarium catalogue
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Erianthemum virescens West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Erianthemum virescens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120980, retrieved 29 May 2016
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