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Alafia caudata sensu F. White
Description: 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.
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: DRC (Shaba), Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Growth form(s): Liane.
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
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
A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Drummond, R.B. (1975). Kirkia 10(1) Page 269. As Alafia caudata Comments
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Other sources of information about Alafia zambesiaca: Our websites: Flora of Zambia
Alafia zambesiaca External websites: African Plant Database
Alafia zambesiaca Biodiversity Explorer
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Alafia zambesiaca EOL
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Alafia zambesiaca ePIC
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Alafia zambesiaca Flora Zambesiaca
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Alafia zambesiaca Ispot Southern Africa
Alafia zambesiaca JSTOR Plant Science
Alafia zambesiaca Kew Herbarium catalogue
Alafia zambesiaca Tropicos
Alafia zambesiaca 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 zambesiaca.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145130, retrieved 24 July 2016
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