Agelanthus lancifolius Polhill & Wiens

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Agelanthus lancifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba.

Agelanthus lancifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba.

Agelanthus lancifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba.

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Common names:
Frequency: Uncertain
Status: Native
Parasitic shrub with long branches, brown pubescent, compressed when young. Leaves opposite to subopposite, lanceolate, up to c. 8 × 2 cm, fairly thinly textured, hairless, with c. 8-10 pairs of strongly ascending lateral veins; petiole 6-11 mm, pubescent. Flowers in 8-12-flowered axillary umbels. Corolla 4-4.8 cm long, crimson-red with a yellow band around the vents, darkened at the tip; basal swelling up to 6 × 4 mm, ovoid-ellipsoid, with the tube narrowly constricted, often with some spreading hairs on the constriction of the tube; lobes erect, 8 mm long, hardened inside, slightly keeled outside. Stamen filaments inflexed. 
Notes: This species has apparently not been recorded yet from Mozambique but, as records are known from areas very close to the border, it is likely to occur.
Derivation of specific name: lancifolius: with lance-shaped leaves.
Habitat: In wet evergreen forest, found on Syzygium, Trimeria and Choristylis.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: So far known only from forests in the Eastern Higlands of Zimbabwe but likely to also occur in neighbouring Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS?
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic?
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Content last updated: Friday 9 March 2012

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 59.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 170.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Page 155.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Agelanthus lancifolius
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Agelanthus lancifolius
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Wikipedia: Agelanthus lancifolius

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: Species information: Agelanthus lancifolius., retrieved 12 April 2024

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