Tapinanthus oleifolius (J.C. Wendl.) Danser

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Tapinanthus oleifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Roadside near Gokwe.

Tapinanthus oleifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Roadside near Gokwe.

Tapinanthus oleifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Roadside near Gokwe.

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Synonyms: Liechtensteinia oleifolia J.C. Wendl.
Loranthus namaquensis Harv.
Loranthus oleifolius (J.C. Wendl.) Cham. & Schltdl.
Loranthus quinquangulus Engl. & Schinz
Loranthus zambesicus Gibbs
Common names:
Status: Native
Parasitic shrub. Leaves mostly opposite, leathery, mostly hairless, dull green to blue-green, lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, 3-9 cm long. Flowers in 1-several axillary 2-4-flowered umbels; corolla tube 3.5-4.5 cm long, red with whitish spots; heads of buds yellowish to greenish-white, darkening.
Notes: Most commonly found growing on Acacia spp. and Combretum spp. but also found on many other trees.
Derivation of specific name: oleifolius: with leaves like an olive (Olea sp.).
Habitat: In a variety of drier habitats.
Altitude range: Up to 1250 m
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the drier parts of southern Africa, extending from coastal Mozambique through the Zambezi basin to Angola and South Africa
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Mylothris agathina agathina (Larval foodplant)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Saturday 20 February 2016

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 166 - 168.

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 217.

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Flora of Botswana: Tapinanthus oleifolius
Flora of Caprivi: Tapinanthus oleifolius
Flora of Mozambique: Tapinanthus oleifolius
Flora of Zambia: Tapinanthus oleifolius
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tapinanthus oleifolius

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tapinanthus oleifolius
African Plant Database: Tapinanthus oleifolius
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tapinanthus oleifolius
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tapinanthus oleifolius
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tapinanthus oleifolius
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tapinanthus oleifolius
JSTOR Plant Science: Tapinanthus oleifolius
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tapinanthus oleifolius
Plants of the World Online: Tapinanthus oleifolius
Tropicos: Tapinanthus oleifolius
Wikipedia: Tapinanthus oleifolius

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 oleifolius.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120870, retrieved 17 April 2024

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