Clerodendrum cephalanthum Oliv.
subsp. swynnertonii (S. Moore) Verdc.

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Clerodendrum cephalanthum subsp. swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Clerodendrum cephalanthum subsp. swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Clerodendrum cephalanthum subsp. swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge: on trail 1

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Synonyms: Clerodendrum swynnertonii S. Moore
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Status: Native
Woody climbing shrub or liana, up to 10 m with rather blunt straight or hook-like thorns on the stems to aid climbing. Leaves opposite, up to c. 18 × 10 cm, one leaf in a pair often larger than the other, elliptic-oblong to slightly ovate, hairless when mature, sometimes with dense hairs on the midrib below, 3-veined from the base, veins and midrib indented above, 3-4 pairs of lateral veins curving back onto each other to form a sub-marginal vein; margin usually entire, sometimes with 1-4 teeth on each side. Flowers in terminal heads, white, fragrant, showy but short-lived. Corolla tube slender, 3.5-5 cm long; anthers usually dark purple. Fruit glossy dark green, 4 lobed, 10-12 mm long, surrounded by the greenish or purple-red calyx lobes.
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Habitat: Occurring in submontane and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 100 - 1820 m
Flowering time:June
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 2 November 2005

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 272. As Clerodendrum swynnertonii

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 104 - 108.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 183.


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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: Clerodendrum cephalanthum subsp. swynnertonii., retrieved 17 December 2017

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