Sericanthe chimanimaniensis Wursten & De Block

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Sericanthe chimanimaniensis

Photo: Francis Lagarde
Chimanimani National Park.

Sericanthe chimanimaniensis

Photo: Francis Lagarde
Chimanimani National Park.

Sericanthe chimanimaniensis

Photo: Francis Lagarde
Chimanimani National Park.

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Synonyms: Sericanthe andongensis sensu Robbr.
Sericanthe andongensis (Hiern) Robbr. var. mollis sensu Robbrecht
Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon) sensu Bridson
Tricalisia pachystigma sensu S. Moore
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, 1-3 m tall. Leaves opposite, oblong-elliptic, 4-7 cm long, acuminate at the apex, somewhat glossy green, almost hairless above or with some scattered hairs, softly pubescent beneath; midrib hairy on both sides; hair-tuft domatia conspicuous or not, some bacterial nodules usually present, mostly along the basal part of the midrib. Stipules with a triangular limb, c. 2 mm long, sheathing at the base, tipped with slender awn, 1.5-4 mm long. Flowers in clusters at leafless axils, 6-8-merous, creamy-white, sweetly scented. Fruit c. 10 mm in diameter, sessile.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On mountain ridges and in ravines, usually on rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1065 - 2150 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique and nearby Sussundenga District in Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Endangered
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Images last updated: Friday 2 December 2011

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 509 - 510. As Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon)

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 1033. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 146. As Sericanthe sp. of Bridson

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 74. As Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon)

Wursten, B., Bridson, D., Janssens, S.B. & De Block, P. (2020). A new species of Sericanthe (Coffeeae, Rubiaceae) from Chimanimani Mountains, Mozambique-Zimbabwe border Phytotaxa 430(2) Pages 109 - 118. Protologue (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99. As Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon) sensu Bridson

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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: Sericanthe chimanimaniensis., retrieved 22 February 2020

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