Oliverella rubroviridis Tiegh.

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Oliverella rubroviridis

Photo: Marius Steffens
Along road from Lonely Mine to main Bulawayo Vic Falls road.

Oliverella rubroviridis

Photo: Marius Steffens
Along road from Lonely Mine to main Bulawayo Vic Falls road.

Oliverella rubroviridis

Photo: Marius Steffens
Along road from Lonely Mine to main Bulawayo Vic Falls road.

Oliverella rubroviridis

Photo: Ros Drury
Leopard Hill, Bumi Hills.

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Synonyms: Loranthus rubroviridis Oliv.
Tapinanthus rubroviridis (Tiegh.) Danser
Common names:
Status: Native
Small parasitic shrub. Branchlets velvety. Leaves opposite to alternate, green to grey-green, elliptic-lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, 5-11 cm long, velvety to slightly rough hairy on both surfaces with 8-12 pairs of lateral veins; petiole 5-20 mm long. Flowers in c. 16-20-flowered umbels, hairy. Bracts with linear-lanceolate, often leaf-like limb, up to 15 mm long. Corolla 2-2.5 cm long, hairy, pinkish red to bright red; lobes inrolled, lower part darkening to deep purple. Style red with capitate stigma. Berry obovoid, 6-7 mm long, bright red.
Derivation of specific name: rubroviridis: reddish-green or red and green, probably referring to the contrasting colours of the corolla lobes and the lower parts of the flowers and bracts.
Habitat: In deciduous and mixed woodland, mostly on Combretum, Grewia, Acacia and other legumes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 21 March 2012

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 81.

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 59.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 73.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 114 - 115. (Includes a picture).

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 133 - 134. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 81.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Oliverella rubroviridis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Oliverella rubroviridis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121180, retrieved 2 June 2023

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