Tapinanthus erianthus (Sprague) Danser

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Tapinanthus erianthus

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE 13km., Protea Hill Farm.

Tapinanthus erianthus

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka SE 13km., Protea Hill Farm.

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Synonyms: Loranthus erianthus Sprague
Common names:
Status: Native
Parasitic shrub. Leaves opposite, subsessile, leathery, hairless, grey-green to blue-green, ovate, with 3-9 pairs of spreading veins, cordate at the base, basal lobes sometimes clasping the branches. Flowers in axillary c. 4-flowered clusters; corolla tube 3-4 cm long, dull red; lobes green; heads of buds, darkening, before opening, velvety to woolly hairy. Fruit an ellipsoid berry, c. 8 × 7 mm, finely velvety, crowned with the persistent calyx.
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Habitat: Mostly in riverine forest, marginally into Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Mar - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, southern DRC, southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and northern Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 201. (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 59.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 196 - 197. (Includes a picture).

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 168 - 169.

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 Mozambique: Tapinanthus erianthus
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Tapinanthus erianthus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tapinanthus erianthus
African Plant Database: Tapinanthus erianthus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tapinanthus erianthus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tapinanthus erianthus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Tapinanthus erianthus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tapinanthus erianthus
Plants of the World Online: Tapinanthus erianthus
Tropicos: Tapinanthus erianthus
Wikipedia: Tapinanthus erianthus

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: Tapinanthus erianthus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120850, retrieved 22 April 2024

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