Strophanthus speciosus (Ward & Harv.) Reber

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Strophanthus speciosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Gardens, Harare

Strophanthus speciosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Gardens, Harare

Strophanthus speciosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forest at Genaina Lodge below Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Christya speciosa Ward & Harvey
Strophanthus capensis A. DC.
Common names: Forest poison rope (English)
Description: A scrambling shrub or strong woody vine. Leaves in whorls of three, narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate, glossy green above, dull and paler below. Flowers in clusters at the ends of branches, the long, twisted corolla lobes pale yellow, reddish brown towards the base. The fruit is a two-horned pod.
Derivation of specific name: speciosus: showy, good-looking
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Eswatini.
Growth form(s): Climber, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 813. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 53.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 478 - 479.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 19.

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Flora of Mozambique: Strophanthus speciosus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Strophanthus speciosus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Strophanthus speciosus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Strophanthus speciosus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Strophanthus speciosus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Strophanthus speciosus
JSTOR Plant Science: Strophanthus speciosus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Strophanthus speciosus
Plants of the World Online: Strophanthus speciosus
Tropicos: Strophanthus speciosus
Wikipedia: Strophanthus speciosus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Strophanthus speciosus., retrieved 24 May 2024

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