Periploca nigrescens Afzel.

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Periploca nigrescens

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Periploca nigrescens

Photo: Mark Hyde

Periploca nigrescens

Photo: Mark Hyde

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Synonyms: Parquetina nigrescens (Afzel.) Bullock
Common names:
Frequency: Very rare in Zimbabwe.
Status: Native
Perennial climber with milky latex. Leaves opposite, somewhat discolorous.
Notes: Known only from one dying location on the Runde River in Gonarezhou National Park; only one plant seen recently.
Flowers or fruit in Zimbabwe unknown. All specimens so far collected have been sterile and the exact identity of the plants in our region still need further confirmation. Ours most likely concerns a different taxon called Omphalogonus calophyllus, which looks almost identical in vegetative state and has formerly often been confused with the true Periploca nigrescens.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Riverine forest fringe with Milicia excelsa and dry forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 290 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Fairly widespread in West-, Central- and East Africa to Mozambique and South eastern Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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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 26. As Parquetina nigrescens

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270. As Parquetina nigrescens

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 168.

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 66.

Venter, H.J.T. & Verhoeven, R.L. (1996). The 'minor confusion' around Parquetina nigrescens (Periplocaceae) South African Journal of Botany 62(1) Pages 23 - 30. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Periploca nigrescens
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Periploca nigrescens., retrieved 8 August 2020

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