Ancylanthos rubiginosus Desf.

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Ancylanthos rubiginosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Hwange NP, Main Camp.

Ancylanthos rubiginosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Hwange NP, Main Camp.

Ancylanthos rubiginosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Hwange NP, Main Camp.

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Synonyms: Ancylanthos bainesii Hiern
Ancylanthos ferrugineus Welw.
Ancylanthos fulgidus Welw. ex Hiern
Common names:
Status: Native
Suffrutex, 30-150 cm tall, with 1-several shoots growing from a woody rootstock. Younger parts conspicuously covered in pale yellowish hairs. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, ovate, elliptic or lanceolate-elliptic, discolorous, dark green and roughly pubescent above, velvety below, sometimes obscuring the venation. Stipules triangular at the base with a long narrow appendage c. 5 mm long. Inflorescences 3-10-flowered at the leafless nodes. Calyx densely yellowish-brown pubescent. Corolla 2-2.5 cm long, bright orange-yellow. Fruit ellipsoid, 1.8 × 1.4 cm, yellowish-brown velvety, crowned with the persistent calyx.
Derivation of specific name: rubiginosus: rusty
Habitat: Occurring in various types of woodland on Kalahari sand.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 January 2010

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 236 - 238. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 96.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 222.


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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: Ancylanthos rubiginosus., retrieved 23 October 2017

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