Alafia caudata Stapf
subsp. latiloba Kupicha

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Status: Native
Climbing shrub or liane. Bark greyish-brown, smooth, with lenticels; milky sap present. Leaves opposite, elliptic with a distinct slender drip-tip, 4.5-7 cm long, thinly leathery; margin entire, not rolled under. Flowers in terminal and lateral inflorescences, white or yellowish, papillate hairy in the corolla mouth, scented. Corolla lobes 4-8 mm wide. Fruit in paired slender follicles, up to 36 cm long, slightly curved, grey. Seeds with an apical tuft of golden brown hairs, 3.5-4 cm long.
Notes: Note: subsp. latiloba is mostly known as a coastal species but according to the latest revision (Leeuwenberg in Kew Bulletin 52-4 p. 769-839, 1997) there are records from Eastern Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: caudata: "tailed", ending in a long tail-like tip; latiloba: with broad lobes, referring to the corolla lobes in this subspecies.
Habitat: In dense areas of mixed forest.
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania,Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 490 - 492.

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 18.


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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: Alafia caudata subsp. latiloba., retrieved 18 November 2017

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