Dracaena laxissima Engl.

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Dracaena laxissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Dracaena laxissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Dracaena laxissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
Slender, sparsely branched climbing shrub, sometimes a liane up to 10 mhigh. Leaves alternate in one plane along the branches, lanceolate-elliptic, 7-16 cm long with a prominent midrib and narrowing at the base into a sheathing pseudo-petiole. Inflorescences terminal,branched, pendulous,15-30 cm long. Flowers with perianth 15-22 mm long, lobes twice as long as tube, greenish-white to pinkish. Fruit globose, c. 8 mm in diameter, orange.
Derivation of specific name: laxissima: very lax, probably referring to the slender, flexible branches of this species.
Habitat: In uderstorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 850 - 2400 m
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Worldwide distribution: From São Tomé and Nigeria to Tanzania and Zanzibar and South to Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z
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Content last updated: Monday 10 September 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 305. (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 21.

La Croix, I. (2010). Dracaenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Pages 19 - 20. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 114.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 79.

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press. Page 16.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 99.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dracaena laxissima
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dracaena laxissima.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=206890, retrieved 4 July 2020

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