Strychnos lucens Baker

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Strychnos lucens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Strychnos lucens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Strychnos lucens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hadange River crossing, rd to Outward Bound, Chimanimani

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Status: Native
Climbing shrub or liane, often climbing high into the canopy of trees. Tendrils paired. Leaves variously elliptic, leathery, shiny green above, mostly glabrous; three-veined from the base. Flowers in axillary heads, yellow-green. Fruits yellow to orange, spherical, variable in size; larger fruits hard-shelled.
Derivation of specific name: lucens: shining
Habitat: In forest, woodland and on rocky hillsides,
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 275. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 268.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. (1983). Loganiaceae (inc. Buddlejaceae) Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 363.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 117.


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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: Strychnos lucens., retrieved 22 October 2016

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