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

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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 71.

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

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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: Dracaena laxissima.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=206890, retrieved 17 April 2024

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