Alafia zambesiaca Kupicha

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Synonyms: Alafia caudata sensu F. White
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Status: Native
Climbing shrub or liane. Bark greyish, slightly wrinkled, lenticels present but inconspicuous; milky sap present. Leaves opposite, ovate to lanceolate, 2-6 cm long, thinly leathery; veining indented above, prominent and conspicuous below, scarcely apiculate; margin entire, slightly rolled under. Flowers in terminal and lateral inflorescences, creamy-white or yellowish, papillate hairy in the corolla mouth, heavily scented. Corolla lobes 2 - 3.5 mm wide. Fruit in paired slender follicles, up to 30 cm long, curved, dark grey. Seeds with an apical tuft of golden brown hairs, 2.5-4.5 cm long.
Derivation of specific name: zambesiaca: of the Zambezi region
Habitat: In savanna woodland, often on termite mounds or among rocks near streams, sometimes forming thickets.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC (Shaba), Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Liane.
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 24. As Alafia caudata

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269. As Alafia caudata

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 490 - 491. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Alafia zambesiaca., retrieved 28 March 2017

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