Agelaea pentagyna (Lam.) Baill.

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Agelaea pentagyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Mountain Lodge

Agelaea pentagyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Mountain Lodge

Agelaea pentagyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Mountain Lodge

Agelaea pentagyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Mountain Lodge

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Synonyms: Agelaea heterophylla Gilg
Agelaea nitida sensu Baker f.
Agelaea ugandensis G. Schellenb.
Common names:
Status: Native
A twining liane or scandent shrub.Young branches, leaf-rhachis, and undersides of leaves with brownish stellate hairs, turning glabrescent with age. Leaves 3-foliolate, 3-veined from the base; petiolules swollen. Flowers in sweetly scented, terminal panicles, white, with the calyx densely covered in stellate and glandular hairs. Fruits obovoid, brown-red when ripe, covered in stellate hairs. Seeds with an orange aril.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along the margins of forest.
Altitude range: Up to 1750 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 176. (Includes a picture).

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

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 23. As Agelaea heterophylla

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 239. As Agelaea heterophylla

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 36.

Mendes, E.J. (1966). Connaraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 618 - 619. as Agelaea heterophylla (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 71.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 73.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 91.

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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: Agelaea pentagyna., retrieved 30 May 2024

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