Strychnos lucens Baker

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Strychnos lucens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Strychnos lucens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Strychnos lucens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hadange River crossing, rd to Outward Bound, Chimanimani

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Status: Native
Climbing shrub or liane, often climbing high into the canopy of trees. Tendrils paired. Leaves variously elliptic, leathery, shiny green above, mostly glabrous; three-veined from the base. Flowers in axillary heads, yellow-green. Fruits yellow to orange, spherical, variable in size; larger fruits hard-shelled.
Derivation of specific name: lucens: shining
Habitat: In forest, woodland and on rocky hillsides,
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Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 275. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 777. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 24.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 268.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. (1983). Loganiaceae (inc. Buddlejaceae) Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 363.

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 58.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 117.

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Flora of Malawi: Strychnos lucens
Flora of Zambia: Strychnos lucens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Strychnos lucens

External websites:

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

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: Species information: Strychnos lucens., retrieved 14 November 2019

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