Strophanthus nicholsonii Holmes

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Common names:
Status: Native
Much-branched deciduous scrambling shrub without tendrils. Branchlets densely velvety; latex clear or orange. Leaves obovate to almost round, up to 6 × 4 cm, (dark) green and velvety above, paler yellowish green and shortly hairy below, thinly textured with 4-9 pairs of lateral veins. Flowers fragrant, appearing before or with the leaves, 1-5(-10) per inflorescence. Corolla lobes ending in long, pendulous tails up to 10 cm long. Fruit of 2 diverging follicles, each 17-28 cm long, ending in an obtuse or knob-like apex, dark brown to purple-brown, pubescent when young, covered in elongated lenticels.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In mopane woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 400 - 1100 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s): Liane, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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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 27.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 477.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 44.


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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: Strophanthus nicholsonii., retrieved 28 October 2016

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