6911.000 Marsdenia R. Br.


Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020) Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2)

Description of the genus

Lianas, twining; rarely erect shrubs. Leaves opposite, lamina cordate; Inflorescence umbel-like, paniculate or raceme-like; terminal or extra-axillary; pedunculated. Flowers calyx 5-lobed, sepals overlapping; basal glands or scales often present; corolla urceolate or campanulate, throat often hairy; lobes twisted to the right; corona lobes 5, erect acuminate, fleshy. Fruit follicles, mostly thick, acuminate; smooth or longitudinally winged. Seeds comose.

Derivation of name: after William Marsden, British traveller and plant collector, 1754-1836

Worldwide: 125 species in the tropics.

Mozambique: 8 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman)
Tirumala petiverana (Blue monarch, Dappled monarch)
Marsdenia macrantha

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinica (Hochst.) Schltr.NDescription, Image
cynanchoides Schltr.[NrEnd]N,Z,MS,GIDescription, Image
dregea (Harv.) Schltr.M
exellii C. NormanNDescription
faulknerae (Bullock) OmlorMSDescription
gazensis S. Moore[NrEnd](T),MS,(GI)
macrantha (Klotzsch) Schltr.N,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
sylvestris (Retz.) P.I. Forst.T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Marsdenia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Marsdenia
Flora of Caprivi: Marsdenia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Marsdenia
Flora of Malawi: Marsdenia
Flora of Zambia: Marsdenia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Marsdenia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Marsdenia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Marsdenia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Marsdenia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Marsdenia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Marsdenia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Marsdenia
JSTOR Plant Science: Marsdenia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Marsdenia
Plants of the World Online: Marsdenia
Tropicos: Marsdenia
Wikipedia: Marsdenia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Marsdenia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2188, retrieved 15 June 2024

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