Strophanthus speciosus (Ward & Harv.) Reber

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Strophanthus speciosus

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National Botanic Gardens, Harare

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Common names: Forest poison rope (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
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
Habitat: Evergreen forest and forested ravines.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Climber, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Saturday 15 November 2008

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Strophanthus speciosus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Strophanthus speciosus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Strophanthus speciosus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Strophanthus speciosus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Strophanthus speciosus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Strophanthus speciosus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Strophanthus speciosus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Strophanthus speciosus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Strophanthus speciosus
Ispot Southern Africa: Strophanthus speciosus
JSTOR Plant Science: Strophanthus speciosus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Strophanthus speciosus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Strophanthus speciosus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Strophanthus speciosus
Tropicos: Strophanthus speciosus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Strophanthus speciosus., retrieved 22 February 2018

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