Tabernaemontana elegans Stapf

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Tabernaemontana elegans

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Area

Tabernaemontana elegans

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Area

Tabernaemontana elegans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Ngundu - Triangle rd c. 11 km East of Ngundu.

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Synonyms: Conopharyngia elegans (Stapf) Stapf
Common names: Toad-tree (English)
Shrub or small tree. All parts with milky latex. Bark pale brown, corky, deeply fissured. Leaves opposite, elliptic, leathery, glossy dark green, usually hairless on both surfaces with 12-23 lateral veins on each side of the midrib, straight but curving up near the margin. Flowers in lax corymbs; corolla white, creamy or pale yellow, sweetly scented. Fruits in spreading pairs of obliquely ovoid, beaked pods, each up to 8 cm, glaucous or green, covered in pale brown warts.
Derivation of specific name: elegans: elegant
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: From Somalia to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 115. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 801. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 17 - 20. Conopharyngia elegans (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 27.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 439 - 440.

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 19.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 44.

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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: Tabernaemontana elegans., retrieved 19 April 2024

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