Cephalanthus natalensis Oliv.

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Cephalanthus natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Other side of rd, nr Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Cephalanthus natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

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Common names: Musipwe (Shona) Strawberry bush (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Usually a canopy climber or scrambling shrub, rarely a small tree, up to 5 m high. Leaves ovate to ovate-elliptic, hairless; domatia usually present. Inflorescence a loose globular terminal head, 2–2.5 cm wide including corollas; peduncle 2–2.5 cm long. Flowers with white or greenish tube, lobes maroon; calyx red or pink. Fruit heads becoming fleshy.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In the margins of montane forest, it also rarely grows as a small tree in montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 419 - 420. (Includes a picture).

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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 12.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 274.

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 71.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 77. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 161.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cephalanthus natalensis
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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: Cephalanthus natalensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155160, retrieved 25 May 2024

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