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South of Ngundu Halt, 100 km South of Masvingo
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Loranthus subulatus Engl. Tapinanthus subulatus (Engl.) Danser,
Description: Parasitic shrub with spreading stems and short lateral branches. Branchlets terete or 4-angled to slightly winged, most parts glabrous. Leaves opposite or subopposite, somewhat leathery, dull to dark green or sometimes slightly blue-green, lanceolate to ovate-elliptic with 6–12 pairs of lateral nerves. Flowers in solitary umbels, axillary or terminal. Corolla 3.5–5 cm long, white at base, then pink or orange, banded green-yellow just below vents, yellow or yellow and red over vents, with green tip; lobes erect, 8–12 mm long. Stamen filaments red below, yellow or green above. Style green above, slender. Berry red, oblong-ellipsoid; seed bright yellow.
Notes: An attractive and easily recognized species, mostly found on legumes, particularly Pterocarpus angolensis, but also on Combretum and other families including cultivated trees.
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Habitat: Along forest margins, in woodland and wooded grassland, often in transitional zones.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1650 m
Flowering time: Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: From Somalia to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 12 June 2006
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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.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Agelanthus subulatus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121150, retrieved 26 May 2016
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