Lasianthus kilimandscharicus K. Schum.
subsp. kilimandscharicus

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Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Left bank above Muvumodzi waterfall near junction with Mucandue River, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Left bank above Muvumodzi waterfall near junction with Mucandue River, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Left bank above Muvumodzi waterfall near junction with Mucandue River, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Sky-berry (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small evergreen tree. Leaves opposite, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, 10-20 cm long, thinly textured, usually hairless, sometimes finely hairy below; margin entire, slightly rolled under. Flowers in compact, subsessile, axillary clusters, white, bearded inside the corolla. Fruit a spherical 4-6-lobed drupe, c. 10mm in diameter, bright blue, crowned with the remains of the calyx.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: kilimandscharicus: of Mt kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: 900 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Friday 27 March 2015
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 242. (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 910. As Lasianthus kilimandscharicus (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 22. As Lasianthus kilimandscharicus

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 277. As Lasianthus kilimandscharicus

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 176.

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 72.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 164.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 43 - 45. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.

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Flora of Malawi: Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus
Flora of Zambia: Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lasianthus kilimandscharicus
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lasianthus kilimandscharicus
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Lasianthus kilimandscharicus
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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: Lasianthus kilimandscharicus subsp. kilimandscharicus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156540, retrieved 15 October 2019

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