6911.000 Marsdenia R. Br.

DREGEA E. Mey.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Goyder, D.J. (2007) Zimbabwean Asclepiadaceae. Unpublished list.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020) Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(3)

Description of the genus

Lianas, twining; rarely erect shrubs. Leaves opposite, lamina cordate; Inflorescence umbel-like, paniculate or raceme-like; terminal or extra-axillary; pedunculated. Flowers calyx 5-lobed, sepals overlapping; basal glands or scales often present; corolla urceolate or campanulate, throat often hairy; lobes twisted to the right; corona lobes 5, erect acuminate, fleshy. Fruit follicles, mostly thick, acuminate; smooth or longitudinally winged. Seeds comose.

Derivation of name: after William Marsden, British traveller and plant collector, 1754-1836

Worldwide: 125 species in the tropics.

Zimbabwe: 7 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman) Larval foodplant
Tirumala petiverana (Blue monarch, Dappled monarch) Larval foodplant
Marsdenia macrantha

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinica (Hochst.) Schltr.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
angolensis N.E. Br.(W),C,E
chirindensis Goyder[End][DD]EDescription, Image
cynanchoides Schltr.E,SDescription, Image
gazensis S. Moore[NrEnd]E
macrantha (Klotzsch) Schltr.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
sylvestris (Retz.) P.I. Forst.N,W,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Marsdenia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Marsdenia
Flora of Caprivi: Marsdenia
Flora of Malawi: Marsdenia
Flora of Mozambique: Marsdenia
Flora of Zambia: Marsdenia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Marsdenia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Marsdenia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Marsdenia
Wikipedia: Marsdenia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Marsdenia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Marsdenia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Marsdenia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2188, retrieved 5 August 2021

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