Schlechterella africana (Schltr.) K. Schum.

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Synonyms: Pleurostelma africanum Schltr.
Tacazzea africana (Schltr.) N.E. Br.
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Status: Native
Woody, hairless climber with stems up to 1.5 m long growing from a cylindrical root tuber. Leaves sessile to shortly petiolate, opposite on normal shoots, clustered on stunted lateral shoots, linear to very narrowly ovate, 4.5–8.5 cm long; margin rolled under and wavy. Inflorescences lax, with few-flowered branches; peduncles 1–2 cm long, pedicels 3–5 mm long. Sepals ovate-triangular, 1 mm long. Corolla tube shallowly campanulate, 0.5–1.0 mm long; lobes linear to oblong-ovate, slightly reflexed, 6–11 mm long, pale greenish outside, inside creamy yellow, white flushed mauve-pink to mauve-purple or pale mauve. Corona creamy yellow, annulus c. 0.5 mm high, lobes cylindrical, 2–3 mm long; terminal part 2-3-fid, longest segment, 2–4 mm long. Follicles cylindrical-ovoid, 8–9 cm long, reddish brown.
Derivation of specific name: africana: african.
Habitat: In woodland or dry scrub, on sandy red soil or limestone.
Altitude range: 300 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: Z
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Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(3) Pages 48 - 50. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Schlechterella africana
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Schlechterella africana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Schlechterella africana
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Schlechterella africana., retrieved 23 May 2022

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