Mussaenda arcuata Lam. ex Poir.

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Mussaenda arcuata

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Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Mussaenda arcuata

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Mussaenda arcuata

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Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Mussaenda arcuata

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La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Mussaenda arcuata

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La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Mussaenda arcuata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 3, Chirinda Forest

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Common names: Forest star (English) Muridzameso (Shona) Musikawakakadzi (Shona)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
A shrub, often scrambling. Leaves opposite, elliptic to almost circular, shiny dark green above, paler, often sparsely velvety below; stipules often 2-fid at apex. Flowers in dense panicles on short lateral branches, pale yellow with a bright orange star of hairs in the centre, turning brown with age. Fruit ellipsoid to almost round, scarred at the apex by the old calyx. The fruits are edible.
Derivation of specific name: arcuata: curved like a bow
Habitat: In margins of montane and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 350 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa; also in Madagascar, Mauritius and RĂ©union
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 February 2007

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 112 - 113. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 274.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 133, plate 174

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 164.


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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: Mussaenda arcuata., retrieved 31 May 2016

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