Lasianthus kilimandscharicus K. Schum.
subsp. kilimandscharicus

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Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Left bank above Muvumodzi waterfall near junction with Mucandue River, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Left bank above Muvumodzi waterfall near junction with Mucandue River, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Left bank above Muvumodzi waterfall near junction with Mucandue River, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Sky-berry (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small evergreen tree. Leaves opposite, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, 10-20 cm long, thinly textured, usually hairless, sometimes finely hairy below; margin entire, slightly rolled under. Flowers in compact, subsessile, axillary clusters, white, bearded inside the corolla. Fruit a spherical 4-6-lobed drupe, c. 10mm in diameter, bright blue, crowned with the remains of the calyx.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: kilimandscharicus: of Mt kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 May 2008
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 242. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 277. As Lasianthus kilimandscharicus

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

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 43 - 45. (Includes a picture).


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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: Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156540, retrieved 28 June 2016

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