Afrocanthium pseudorandii (Bridson) Lantz

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Synonyms: Canthium burtii Bullock sensu R. B. Drumm.
Canthium pseudorandii Bridson
Canthium randii sensu Miller in J. S. African Bot. 18: 83 (1952), non S. Moore.
Common names: Mottled-bark rock-alder (English)
Status: Native
Small tree with green stems pubescent; older stems with dark red-brown or purplish bark, sometimes lenticellate. Leaves at apex of main and lateral branches, elliptic to broadly elliptic when young, broadly to very broadly ovate when mature, 4.5–13 cm long, papery, more or less sparsely pubescent on both surfaces; lateral veins in 6–8 main pairs; domatia inconspicuous; petioles 5–13 mm long, pubescent; stipules triangular-ovate, 8–11 mm long, with marginal area membranous and shiny, falling soon. Flowers 5-merous, in 10–30-flowered inflorescences restricted to apical node of mature stem; peduncles 5–25 mm long, pubescent. Calyx c. 1 mm long, densely pubescent. Corolla bright yellow or greenish; tube 2–3 mm long, pubescent at throat; lobes triangular or oblong-lanceolate, 2 mm long, thickened at apex. Fruit more or less square in lateral view, 8–9 mm wide, slightly tapered towards the base and slightly indented at apex, sparsely pubescent.
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Habitat: In mixed deciduous woodland on rocky hills and outcrops, and on Kalahari Sands, also in thickets and jesse bush.
Altitude range: (metres) 450 - 1000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
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Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Page 329. as Canthium pseudorandii

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1092. as Canthium pseudorandii

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 276. As Canthium burttii

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. as Canthium pseudorandii

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 87. as Canthium pseudorandii

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 96. as Canthium pseudorandii


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Afrocanthium pseudorandii., retrieved 19 February 2018

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