Alafia orientalis K. Schum. ex De Wild.

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Synonyms: Alafia schumannii sensu R.B. Drumm. non Stapf
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Status: Native
Large liane. Bark grey, smooth, with lenticels; milky sap present. Leaves opposite, ovate-elliptic, 4.5-8 cm long, dark green above, paler below, leathery, the lamina puckered along the veins; margin entire, sometimes slightly rolled under. Flowers in very dense, many-flowered terminal and lateral inflorescences; corolla white, often reddish on the outside. Fruit in paired slender follicles, 25 - 70 [!] cm long, grey. Seeds with an apical tuft of golden hairs, c. 5 cm long.
Derivation of specific name: orientalis: oriental, eastern
Habitat: In dense areas of evergreen forest.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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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 808. As Alafia schumannii (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269. As Alafia schumannii

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 492.

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 18.

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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: Species information: Alafia orientalis., retrieved 30 May 2024

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