Mussaenda arcuata Lam. ex Poir.

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Mussaenda arcuata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Mussaenda arcuata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Mussaenda arcuata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Mussaenda arcuata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

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Common names: Forest star (English)
Status: Native
A shrub, often scrambling. Leaves opposite, elliptic to almost circular, shiny dark green above, paler, often sparsely velvety below; stipules often 2-fid at apex. Flowers in dense panicles on short lateral branches, pale yellow with a bright orange star of hairs in the centre, turning brown with age. Fruit ellipsoid to almost round, scarred at the apex by the old calyx. The fruits are edible.
Derivation of specific name: arcuata: curved like a bow
Habitat: In margins of montane and riverine forest.
Altitude range: 350 - 1930 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa; also in Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 20 March 2019

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Mussaenda arcuata
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Mussaenda arcuata
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Mussaenda arcuata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mussaenda arcuata
African Plant Database: Mussaenda arcuata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mussaenda arcuata
Plants of the World Online: Mussaenda arcuata
Tropicos: Mussaenda arcuata
Wikipedia: Mussaenda arcuata

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: Mussaenda arcuata., retrieved 15 July 2024

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