Behnia reticulata (Thunb.) Didr.

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Behnia reticulata

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Bunga Forest

Behnia reticulata

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Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Behnia reticulata

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Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Behnia reticulata

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John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Synonyms: Ruscus reticulatus Thunb.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent in suitable habitats.
Status: Native
A slender, glabrous climber, up to 3 m. Leaves alternate, ovate with acuminate drip-tips; closely spaced parallel veining. Flowers in small axillary clusters, cream or greenish. Fruit a berry, green to pale yellow, up to 15mm.
Derivation of specific name: reticulata: reticulate, netted, referring to the conspicuous net-veining.
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1430 - 2000 m
Flowering time:November
Worldwide distribution: As for the genus (B. reticulata is the only species)
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Cowley, J. (2008). Behniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 31 - 32. (Includes a picture).

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 93.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 143.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 108. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Behnia reticulata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Behnia reticulata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Behnia reticulata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Behnia reticulata
Tropicos: Behnia reticulata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Behnia reticulata., retrieved 18 January 2019

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