Tabernaemontana stapfiana Britten

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Tabernaemontana stapfiana

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Forested slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Tabernaemontana stapfiana

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Gwasha below Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Conopharyngia stapfiana (Britten) Stapf
Tabernaemontana angolensis Stapf
Common names: Soccerball fruit (English)
Status: Native
A medium-sized tree. Leaves oblong-elliptic, 12-40 cm, dark green above, paler below, leathery, hairless with 12-24 pairs of evenly spaced lateral veins; margin entire, somewhat rolled under. Flowers in terminal heads, showy, c. 4 cm in diameter, white with a yellow throat. Fruit in pairs, joined at the base, very large, each up to 20 cm in diameter, fleshy grey-green with paler spots.
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Habitat: Montane evergreen forests
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Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: East Africa south to Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 July 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 75. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 27.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269. As Tabernaemontana angolensis

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 442 - 443.

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 19.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 69. As Conopharyngia stapfiana

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 45.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Tabernaemontana stapfiana., retrieved 21 February 2018

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