Plicosepalus kalachariensis (Schinz) Danser

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Plicosepalus kalachariensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Plicosepalus kalachariensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Loranthus curviflorus sensu auct. non Benth. & Oliv.
Loranthus kalachariensis Schinz
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Status: Native
Parasitic shrub with long spreading stems. Leaves opposite, alternate or clustered, light green to blue-green, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, oblanceolate to ovate, sometimes slightly curved, 3-7-veined. Flowers in 1-4 umbels in the lower axils or at the nodes, 3-6-flowered. Corolla 4-5 cm long, deep pink to orange-red, slightly S-shaped near the base; lobes recurved, twisted, linear-oblanceolate. Stamen filaments pinkish-red, curved. Berry red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: kalachariensis: of the Kalahari, where the type specimens were found
Habitat: In Acacia and miombo woodland; usually on leguminous trees, namely Acacia, Albizia, Brachystegia and Dichrostachys, rarely on non-leguminous trees.
Altitude range: Up to 1350 m
Flowering time:Mar - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Sunday 17 August 2014

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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 81.

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Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 217.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Plicosepalus kalachariensis., retrieved 30 November 2023

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