Alafia orientalis K. Schum. ex De Wild.

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Synonyms: Alafia schumannii sensu R.B. Drumm. non Stapf
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Status: Native
Large liane. Bark grey, smooth, with lenticels; milky sap present. Leaves opposite, ovate-elliptic, 4.5-8 cm long, dark green above, paler below, leathery, the lamina puckered along the veins; margin entire, sometimes slightly rolled under. Flowers in very dense, many-flowered terminal and lateral inflorescences; corolla white, often reddish on the outside. Fruit in paired slender follicles, 25 - 70 [!] cm long, grey. Seeds with an apical tuft of golden hairs, c. 5 cm long.
Derivation of specific name: orientalis: oriental, eastern
Habitat: In dense areas of evergreen forest.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Liane.
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269. As Alafia schumannii

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 492.


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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: Alafia orientalis., retrieved 4 December 2016

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