Callichilia orientalis S. Moore

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Callichilia orientalis

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By lighthouse pathway, Ponta do Ouro.

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Synonyms: Conopharyngia humilis Chiov.
Ephippiocarpa humilis (Chiov.) Boiteau
Ephippiocarpa orientalis (S. Moore) Markgraf
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub, 1-3 m tall with a milky latex. Leaves opposite, lanceolate to ellipt, 4-12 cm long, thinly textured; margin entire, wavy; petiole, 4-13 cm long with tooth-like glands in the axils. Flowers 2.5 cm in diameter, white, in few-flowered terminal heads. Fruit of two fleshy mericarps, up to 2.5 cm long, mostly joined by a distinct saddle, creamy-green with darker green markings.
Derivation of specific name: orientalis: eastern
Habitat: In coastal forests.
Altitude range: Up to 100 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: From Somalia to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 4 June 2014

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 805. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 954.

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 24.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 449 - 450. (Includes a picture).

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 23.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Callichilia orientalis
African Plant Database: Callichilia orientalis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Callichilia orientalis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Callichilia orientalis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Callichilia orientalis
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iNaturalist: Callichilia orientalis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Callichilia orientalis
JSTOR Plant Science: Callichilia orientalis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Callichilia orientalis
Plants of the World Online: Callichilia orientalis
Tropicos: Callichilia orientalis
Wikipedia: Callichilia orientalis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Callichilia orientalis., retrieved 30 November 2023

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