Agelanthus subulatus (Engl.) Polhill & Wiens

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Agelanthus subulatus

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South of Ngundu Halt, 100 km South of Masvingo

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Synonyms: Loranthus subulatus Engl.
Tapinanthus subulatus (Engl.) Danser,
Common names:
Parasitic shrub with spreading stems and short lateral branches. Branchlets terete or 4-angled to slightly winged, most parts glabrous. Leaves opposite or subopposite, somewhat leathery, dull to dark green or sometimes slightly blue-green, lanceolate to ovate-elliptic with 6–12 pairs of lateral nerves. Flowers in solitary umbels, axillary or terminal. Corolla 3.5–5 cm long, white at base, then pink or orange, banded green-yellow just below vents, yellow or yellow and red over vents, with green tip; lobes erect, 8–12 mm long. Stamen filaments red below, yellow or green above. Style green above, slender. Berry red, oblong-ellipsoid; seed bright yellow.
Derivation of specific name: subulatus: flat and narrow, tapering from the base to a sharp tip, subulate
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Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: From Somalia to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Malawi distribution:
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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 200.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3. As Agelantha subulatus

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) Page 148.

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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: Agelanthus subulatus., retrieved 18 April 2024

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