Strophanthus speciosus (Ward & Harv.) Reber

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Strophanthus speciosus

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National Botanic Gardens, Harare

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Common names: Forest poison rope (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
A scrambling shrub or strong woody vine. Leaves in whorls of three, narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate, glossy green above, dull and paler below. Flowers in clusters at the ends of branches, the long, twisted corolla lobes pale yellow, reddish brown towards the base. The fruit is a two-horned pod.
Derivation of specific name: speciosus: showy, good-looking
Habitat: Evergreen forest and forested ravines.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Saturday 15 November 2008

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) Pages 478 - 479.


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Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Strophanthus speciosus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Strophanthus speciosus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Strophanthus speciosus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Strophanthus speciosus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Strophanthus speciosus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Strophanthus speciosus
Ispot Southern Africa : Strophanthus speciosus
JSTOR Plant Science: Strophanthus speciosus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Strophanthus speciosus
Tropicos: Strophanthus speciosus
West African Plants database: Strophanthus speciosus

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 speciosus., retrieved 25 October 2016

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