Agelanthus nyasicus (Baker & Sprague) Polhill & Wiens

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Agelanthus nyasicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fairhaven road near Brondesbury Park Hotel, off Rusape-Juiasdale road.

Agelanthus nyasicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fairhaven road near Brondesbury Park Hotel, off Rusape-Juiasdale road.

Agelanthus nyasicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fairhaven road near Brondesbury Park Hotel, off Rusape-Juiasdale road.

Agelanthus nyasicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fairhaven road near Brondesbury Park Hotel, off Rusape-Juiasdale road.

Agelanthus nyasicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fairhaven road near Brondesbury Park Hotel, off Rusape-Juiasdale road.

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Synonyms: Loranthus nyasicus Baker & Sprague
Tapinanthus nyasicus (Baker & Sprague) Danser
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Parasitic shrub, up to 1.5 m, with relatively short lateral hairless branches. Leaves mostly subopposite or alternate on long shoots and with smaller, rounded leaves clustered at the base of short lateral branches, lanceolate ovate-elliptic, 3-12 cm long, leathery, grey-green to blue-green, hairless, with 3-6 pairs of lateral veins, the lower ones more ascending; petiole 5-20 mm long. Flowers in 6-16-flowered axillary umbels or heads. Corolla 4-6 cm long, orange to red with a yellow band around the vents; tip darker and ribbed; basal swelling up to 9 × 6 mm, ovoid-ellipsoid, with the tube constricted for 2-11 mm above the swelling; lobes erect, 9-11 mm long, hardened inside, keeled outside. Stamen filaments inflexed. 
Notes: This species is very similar to Agelanthus flammeus, a species almost exclusively found on Ficus spp.
Derivation of specific name: nyasicus: from Nyasaland, now Malawi
Habitat: At margins of montane forest, in riverine forest and in high rainfall miombo woodland, found on Ficus, Bridelia and various legumes.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, southeastern DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 3 June 2012
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3. As Agelantha nyasicus

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 72.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 170 - 171.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 155 - 156.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 118.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Agelanthus nyasicus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121120, retrieved 23 September 2017

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