Helixanthera schizocalyx T.Harris, I.Darbysh. & Polhill

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Common names:
Frequency: Very local.
Status: Native
More or less erect parasitic shrub, up to 50 cm high. Leaves (sub)opposite, oblong to elliptic, 3.3-9.2 cm long, thinly textured, hairless; petiole 4-12 mm long. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, 35-50-flowered racemes 3.5-6.5 cm long. Pedicels 2-4.5 mm long, spreading to sometimes erect; bract ovate-triangular,c. 1 mm wide; calyx lobed to the base with a ciliate apex to the lobes. Corolla yellowish-green in bud, slightly 4-angled at the base. Mature flowers and fruit unknown.
Notes: Described recently from Mount Mabu (2011) and only known from three collections and one location.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Montane forest edge.
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from Mt Mabu, Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: Z
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 89.

Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66(2) Pages 246 - 247.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 74.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Helixanthera schizocalyx
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Helixanthera schizocalyx
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JSTOR Plant Science: Helixanthera schizocalyx
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helixanthera schizocalyx
Plants of the World Online: Helixanthera schizocalyx
Tropicos: Helixanthera schizocalyx
Wikipedia: Helixanthera schizocalyx

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: Helixanthera schizocalyx.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=184890, retrieved 12 July 2024

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