Taeniophyllum coxii (Summerh.) Summerh.

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Taeniophyllum coxii

Photo: Peter Ashton
Vumba Botanic Gardens

Taeniophyllum coxii

Photo: Peter Ashton
Vumba Botanic Gardens

Taeniophyllum coxii

Photo: Peter Ashton
Vumba Botanic Gardens

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Synonyms: Ankylocheilos coxii Summerh.
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Status: Native
Tiny leafless plant. Roots numerous, greyish-green, 3-4 cm long. Inflorescence 8-15 mm long, bearing 2-6 flowers. Flowers dark yellow-orange to pale orange, appearing tubular because the tepals are partially fused together. Tepals 1.5-2.5 mm long; petals slightly shorter. Spur bulbous, c. 1 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: coxii: for J.K. Cox who collected the type specimen (Cox 92) in Ghana, from which Summerhayes described the species (as Ankylocheilos coxii).
Habitat: On small branches of trees and on creepers at edge of dense riverine forest
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Worldwide distribution: A scattered distribution in Africa only; it has been found in Ghana, DRC, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mauritius.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Monday 23 February 2015

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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 98.

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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: Taeniophyllum coxii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118520, retrieved 17 April 2024

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