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Description: Climbing shrub or liane. Bark greyish-brown, smooth, with lenticels; milky sap present.
Leaves opposite, elliptic with a distinct slender drip-tip, 4.5-7 cm long, thinly leathery; margin entire, not rolled under. Flowers in terminal and lateral inflorescences, white or yellowish, papillate hairy in the corolla mouth, scented. Corolla lobes 4-8 mm wide. Fruit in paired slender follicles, up to 36 cm long, slightly curved, grey. Seeds with an apical tuft of golden brown hairs, 3.5-4 cm long.
Notes: Note: subsp.
latiloba is mostly known as a coastal species but according to the latest revision (Leeuwenberg in Kew Bulletin 52-4 p. 769-839, 1997) there are records from Eastern Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name:
caudata: "tailed", ending in a long tail-like tip; latiloba: with broad lobes, referring to the corolla lobes in this subspecies.
Habitat: In dense areas of mixed forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania,Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Growth form(s): Liane.
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Alafia caudata Kew Herbarium catalogue
Alafia caudata Tropicos
Alafia caudata 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: Alafia caudata subsp. latiloba.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145110, retrieved 26 July 2016
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