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).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 51. As Sericanthe odoratissima

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 94.

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, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sericanthe chimanimaniensis., retrieved 28 February 2024

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