Tapinanthus dependens (Engl.) Danser

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Synonyms: Acrostephanus dependens (Engl.) Tiegh.
Loranthus dependens Engl.
Loranthus gomesii E.A. Bruce
Loranthus guttatus Sprague
Loranthus homblei De Wild.
Tapinanthus guttatus (Sprague) Danser
Tapinanthus homblei (De Wild.) Danser
Common names:
Status: Native
Stems spreading or pendent to 1–3 m long, heirless but densely lenticellate. Leaves mostly opposite, linear-lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, 5–21 cm long, leathery, dull green, lateral veins in 4–6 pairs, lower ones strongly ascending, leaves sometimes glandular-hairy when just unfolding; petiole 5–12 mm long. Flowers in several 2–4-flowered umbels per axil and at older nodes; peduncle 1–5 mm long; pedicels in sockets, 0–2 mm long; bract cup-shaped, 2–3 mm long, with small triangular limb. Corolla tube 3–4 cm long, pink outside, generally spotted white, redder along filament lines inside, head of bud greenish-white, darkening, lobes green to black inside; basal swelling ellipsoid-obovoid, 4–10 mm long, tube constricted for 3–5 mm above; lobes 9–10 mm long, reflexed. Stamen filaments red. Style with neck 2.5–3 mm long; stigma capitate. Berry oblong-ellipsoid, 10–12 mm long, red; calyx persistent.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In miombo woodland; almost always on Brachystegia or Julbernardia.
Altitude range: Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Mar - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, southern DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and northern Botswana.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 54.

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 59.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 164 - 166. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 81.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 118.

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Flora of Botswana: Tapinanthus dependens
Flora of Mozambique: Tapinanthus dependens
Flora of Zambia: Tapinanthus dependens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tapinanthus dependens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tapinanthus dependens
African Plant Database: Tapinanthus dependens
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tapinanthus dependens
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Tropicos: Tapinanthus dependens
Wikipedia: Tapinanthus dependens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Tapinanthus dependens.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120840, retrieved 30 September 2023

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