Marsdenia macrantha (Klotzsch) Schltr.

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Marsdenia macrantha

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Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Marsdenia macrantha

Photo: Mark Hyde
Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Marsdenia macrantha

Photo: Mark Hyde
Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Marsdenia macrantha

Photo: Mark Hyde
Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Marsdenia macrantha

Photo: Mark Hyde
Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Dregea macrantha Klotzsch
Marsdenia zambesiaca Schltr.
Periploca petersiana Vatke
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust perennial climber with clear or whitish sap. Young parts covered in brownish hairs. Leaves opposite but often appearing clustered on short lateral branchlets, elliptic, dark green above, paler beneath, veining conspicuous, pale yellowish; margin wavy. Flowers in axillary pseudo-umbelliform clusters; sepals green; Corolla star-shaped, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, creamy-white, lobes often twisted, strongly scented. Fruit ovoid, velvety
Notes: The species may well be more widely distributed and occur as far north as Ethiopia and Somalia but is known there under a different name: Dregea rubicunda K.Schum. From available references it is unclear whether this is taxon concerns the same species.
Derivation of specific name: macrantha: large-flowered
Habitat: In deciduous woodland and riverine fringes
Altitude range: 100 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Dec -Jan
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and northern South Africa (but see note).
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS,GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 5 September 2017

Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 20. as Dregea macrantha

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Page 35. (Includes a picture).

Bullock, A.A. (1956). Notes on African Asclepiadaceae: VIII. Kew Bulletin 11(3) Pages 514 - 515. As Dregea macrantha and Dregea rubicunda

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38.

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 26.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270. As Dregea macrantha

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 324 - 325. (Includes a picture).

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 76 - 77. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 343. (Includes a picture).

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 21.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 25.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 28.

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Flora of Botswana: Marsdenia macrantha
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Flora of Malawi: Marsdenia macrantha
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Marsdenia macrantha

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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: Marsdenia macrantha., retrieved 15 June 2024

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