Secamone alpini Schult.

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Secamone alpini

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Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Secamone alpini

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Cloudlands lay-by, Vumba

Secamone alpini

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands lay-by, Vumba

Secamone alpini

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Secamone alpini

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Secamone alpini

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Secamone alpini

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Secamone alpini

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

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Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Robust liane or sometimes a scrambling shrub with milky latex. Stems forming tendril-like coils, covered in minute rusty hairs. Leaves opposite, ovate-oblong, lanceolate or obovate, 2.5-9 cm long, leathery, often apiculate, rusty hairs beneath, particularly when young; petiole up to 11 mm. Flowers in axillary and terminal branched heads. Corolla greenish-yellow or white, lobes covered in spreading white hairs on the inside. Only staminal corona lobes present, small erect. Fruit in paired widely diverging, slender follicles, 4.5-10 cm long, dark greenish-brown, tapering to a long point.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: alpini: named after Prospero Alpino (1553-1617), Italian botanist.
Habitat: On the margins of forest and thicket.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2400 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 1 November 2011
Literature:

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

Goyder, D.J. (1991). Secamone (Asclepiadaceae subfam. Secamonoideae) in Africa Kew Bulletin 47(3) Pages 452 - 455.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 29.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 48.


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West African Plants database: Secamone alpini


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: Secamone alpini.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146070, retrieved 3 May 2016

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