Agelanthus pungu (De Wild.) Polhill & Wiens

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Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Darrel Plowes
6 km W of Mutare

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Darrel Plowes
South of Gweru

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near reception area, Camp Amalinda, Matobo

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near reception area, Camp Amalinda, Matobo

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near reception area, Camp Amalinda, Matobo

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near reception area, Camp Amalinda, Matobo

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near reception area, Camp Amalinda, Matobo

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by Mazowe River, Umfurudzi Safari Area

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by Mazowe River, Umfurudzi Safari Area

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by Mazowe River, Umfurudzi Safari Area

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by Mazowe River, Umfurudzi Safari Area

Agelanthus pungu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by Mazowe River, Umfurudzi Safari Area

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Synonyms: Loranthus bulawayensis Engl.
Loranthus carsonii Baker & Sprague
Loranthus ceciliae N.E. Br.
Loranthus pungu De Wild.
Tapinanthus pungu (De Wild.) Danser
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Rounded parasitic shrub up to 1.5 m, often pendulous when older. Branches compressed or terete, densely covered with short spreading hairs. Leaves mostly opposite or subopposite, grey-green to markedly blue-green, slightly fleshy, very variable in shape and size, from linear-lanceolate to broadly elliptic, glabrous. Inflorescences 8–24-flowered. Corolla c. 4 cm, yellow to yellow-green, banded yellow or orange on lobes, pubescent with longer spreading hairs on the tube above the basal swelling. Lobes erect, 5–8 mm. Stamen filaments red, inflexed. Berry red, obovoid, pubescent.
Notes: It has been recorded from a wide variety of hosts, often epiparasitic on other species of Loranthaceae.This species can be distinguished by the short spreading hairs on the branchlets, blue-green leaves, the sparsely hairy corolla with longer hairs on the tube, and the corolla lobes with slight or no keels.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A species of various types of deciduous woodland and wooded grassland. Also along forest edges.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Mainly Nov-Mar, occasionally later
Worldwide distribution: From DRC and Tanzania to Caprivi and northern South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 19 November 2015
Literature:

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 157 - 161. (Includes a picture).


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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: Agelanthus pungu.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121130, retrieved 30 July 2016

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