Behnia reticulata (Thunb.) Didr.

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Behnia reticulata

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Bunga Forest

Behnia reticulata

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Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Behnia reticulata

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Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Behnia reticulata

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John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Synonyms: Ruscus reticulatus Thunb.
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Status: Native
A slender, hairless climber, up to 3 m. Leaves alternate, ovate with acuminate drip-tips; closely spaced parallel veining. Flowers in small axillary clusters, cream or greenish. Fruit a berry, green to pale yellow, up to 15 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: reticulata: reticulate, netted, referring to the conspicuous net-veining.
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2100 m
Flowering time:November
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Western and Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

Cowley, J. (2008). Behniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 31 - 32. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 93.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 143.

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.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 108. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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Flora of Mozambique: Behnia reticulata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Behnia reticulata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Behnia reticulata
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Behnia reticulata., retrieved 16 July 2024

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