Berlinianche aethiopica (Welw.) Vattimo-Gil

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Berlinianche aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Berlinianche aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Pilostyles aethiopica Welw.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small internal parasites. The vegetative parts are very much reduced and the only visible parts are the flowers, which push through the bark of the smaller branches on the host tree. Flowers unisexual, small, c. 2-2.5 mm in diameter, usually in large clusters, deep red, short-lived and quickly turning brown, leaving only the crustaceous bracts. The male flowers have a shiny, white hair crown at the top of their central column, whereas female flowers do not, making it possible to sex flowers by eye. Fruit a small spherical berry.
Notes: The specimens in the photographs appear to be the first record form Mozambique. This could be largely due to under recording.
Derivation of specific name: aethiopica: of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1700 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: MS (other?)
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 8 April 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 69.

Stannard, B.L. (1997). Rafflesiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Pages 14 - 16. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Berlinianche aethiopica
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Berlinianche aethiopica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Berlinianche aethiopica
African Plant Database: Berlinianche aethiopica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Berlinianche aethiopica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Berlinianche aethiopica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Berlinianche aethiopica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Berlinianche aethiopica
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Berlinianche aethiopica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Berlinianche aethiopica
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Wikipedia: Berlinianche aethiopica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Berlinianche aethiopica., retrieved 10 August 2022

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