Odontonema cuspidatum (Nees) Kuntze

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Odontonema cuspidatum

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Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Odontonema cuspidatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

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Synonyms: Odontonema strictum sensu Maroyi
Thyrsacanthus cuspidatus Nees
Common names: Mexican firespike (English)
Description: Shrub up to c. 2 m tall. Leaves opposite, ovate-oblong, up to 15 cm long, pointed at the apex. Flowers narrowly tubular, up to 3.3 cm long, carmine red, produced in terminal spikes up to 25 cm long.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Central America
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Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 4 - 5.

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Odontonema cuspidatum
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Odontonema cuspidatum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Odontonema cuspidatum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Odontonema cuspidatum
African Plant Database: Odontonema cuspidatum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Odontonema cuspidatum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Odontonema cuspidatum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Odontonema cuspidatum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Odontonema cuspidatum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Odontonema cuspidatum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Odontonema cuspidatum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Odontonema cuspidatum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Odontonema cuspidatum
JSTOR Plant Science: Odontonema cuspidatum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Odontonema cuspidatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Odontonema cuspidatum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Odontonema cuspidatum
Tropicos: Odontonema cuspidatum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Odontonema cuspidatum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=163220, retrieved 23 July 2019

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