Tapinanthus forbesii (Sprague) Wiens

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Tapinanthus forbesii

Photo: Derek de la Harpe
Outskirts of Gaborone

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Synonyms: Loranthus oleifolius (J.C. Wendl.) Cham. & Schltdl. var. forbesii Sprague
Loranthus sp. aff. globiferus A. Rich. sensu Gomes e Sousa
Common names:
Status: Native
Woody plant with stems up to 1-1.5 m long. Leaves mostly opposite; petiole 4-10 mm long; lamina 2-8 × 1-4 cm, green to slightly glaucous, usually obovate-elliptic to obovate-elliptic. Umbels 2-4-flowered, borne in axils and at older nodes. Calyx 1-1.5 mm long, saucer-shaped. Corolla glabrous; tube 2.7-3.2 cm long, dull red, generally with whitish spots, the head of the buds turning greyish-black; bud heads angled or narrowly winged; lobes 7-9 mm long reflexed.
Notes: This record by Derek de la Harpe is the first known record from Botswana.
Derivation of specific name: forbesii: named after John Forbes (1799-1823), an English plant collector and naturalist. As representative of the Horticultural Society of London he visited the Cape in 1822. He died on the Zambezi River in Mozambique the following year.
Habitat: In dry mixed woodland and bushland, occasionally in miombo and mopane, on a wide variety of hosts, commonly Acacia, Combretum, Sterculia and with an aberrant form occurring on Uapaca.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC (Katanga), Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga).
Botswana distribution: SE
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 27 December 2016

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Page 166.

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, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Tapinanthus forbesii.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120860, retrieved 22 March 2018

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