Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon) sensu Bridson

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Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon)

Photo: Francis Lagarde
Chimanimani National Park.

Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon)

Photo: Francis Lagarde
Chimanimani National Park.

Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon)

Photo: Francis Lagarde
Chimanimani National Park.

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Synonyms: Sericanthe andongensis sensu Robbr.
Sericanthe andongensis (Hiern) Robbr. var. mollis sensu Robbrecht
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.
Notes: This (possible) species is part of a complex originally described under Sericanthe andongensis by E. Robbrecht (1978). It has been separated but not yet described by D.M. Bridson (2003) on the basis of more acuminate leaves, shorter limbs of the stipules (1.75-2 mm) and shorter corolla tubes (5-7mm). As far as we have been able to investigate, the species still has not been formally described and it is therefore uncertain whether it will actually be recognized as a separate taxon in the future.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On mountain ridges and in ravines, usually on rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1065 - 2130 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:
Insects associated with this species:
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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.

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.

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

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon)
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon)
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sericanthe sp. B (Chimanimani taxon)., retrieved 15 December 2019

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