Alchornea laxiflora (Benth.) Pax & K. Hoffm.

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Alchornea laxiflora

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Alchornea laxiflora

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Alchornea laxiflora

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Alchornea laxiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path in "sacred forest", Mahenye.

Alchornea laxiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path in "sacred forest", Mahenye.

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Synonyms: Alchornea schlechteri Pax
Lepidoturus laxiflorus Benth.
Common names: Lowveld bead-string (English) Murarahomba (Shona) Muruka (Shona)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Deciduous shrub or small tree. Bark smooth, pale grey, flaking. Leaves alternate, elliptic-lanceolate to oblong-oblanceolate, up to 17 × 8 cm, acuminate, 3-veined from the base, thinly textured, light green, turning an attractive yellow or red in autumn; margin shallowly crenate-serrate. Flowers in axillary spikes, unisexual on the same plant. The reddish bracts more conspicuous than the small flowers. Fruit a 2-4-lobed capsule, 5-7 mm in diameter, thinly woody, blackish-brown.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: laxiflora: with lax or open inflorescences
Habitat: In riverine vegetation and mixed deciduous woodland, often on rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Nigeria to Ethiopia and down to Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Friday 27 October 2006
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 252.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 153 - 154.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 85.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Alchornea laxiflora
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West African Plants database: Alchornea laxiflora


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: Alchornea laxiflora.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134960, retrieved 30 August 2016

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