Saba comorensis (Bojer) Pichon
var. comorensis

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Saba comorensis var. comorensis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Moribane Forest

Saba comorensis var. comorensis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Moribane Forest

Saba comorensis var. comorensis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Moribane Forest

Saba comorensis var. comorensis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Moribane Forest

Saba comorensis var. comorensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa national Park, Cheringoma

Saba comorensis var. comorensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa national Park, Cheringoma

Saba comorensis var. comorensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa national Park, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Landolphia florida Benth. var. leiantha Oliv.
Vahea comorensis Bojer
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Robust liane with tendrils, climbing up to 30 m. Branches smooth with conspicuous lenticels, hairless, milky sap present. Leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate, up to 20 cm long, hairless, fairly thinly textured, bright green, slightly paler below. Flowers in dense terminal heads or more lax heads on the tendrils, large, showy, white, sweetly scented. Fruit spherical, up to 6 cm in diameter, yellow to orange when ripe, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: comorensis: of the Comoro Islands.
Habitat: In riverine forest and open woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 26 May 2012
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269. As Saba florida

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 427 - 429. (Includes a picture).

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & van Dilst, F.J.H. (1989). Saba (Pichon) Pichon, Series of revisions of Apocynaceae XXVII Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 59(1/2) Pages 190 - 199. as Saba comorensis (Includes a picture).

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 19.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 44.

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Flora of Malawi: Saba comorensis var. comorensis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Saba comorensis
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JSTOR Plant Science: Saba comorensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Saba comorensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Saba comorensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Saba comorensis
Tropicos: Saba comorensis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Saba comorensis var. comorensis.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145000, retrieved 12 December 2017

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