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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Synonyms:
Common names: Forest star (English) Muridzameso (Shona) Musikawakakadzi (Shona)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
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.
Notes:
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.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 February 2007
Literature:

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

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 434 - 435.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 245. (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.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155170, retrieved 25 July 2016

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