Erianthemum virescens (N.E. Br.) Balle ex Wiens & Polhill

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Erianthemum virescens

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Base of Njelele Pass, 25km East of Gokwe.

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Synonyms: Loranthus virescens N.E. Br.
Common names:
Small parasitic shrub with spreading stems up to 1 m. Branchlets tomentose with coarse stellate hairs. Leaves clustered on short shoots, oblong-elliptic or slightly ovate or obovate, stellate pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers in loose, candelabra-like, terminal inflorescences, arising from a tuft of leaves. Corolla 4-5 cm, greenish-yellow, sometimes tinged orange or with red inside, stellate tomentose and with longer hairs. Berry blue-green, 10-12 mm including the calyx, pubescent; seed orange to red. This species may be confused with E. ngamicum in leaf, but is distinguished by the pedicellate flowers, the longer hairs on the corolla, and blue fruits.
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Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Throughout the Flora Zambesiaca area.
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 101. (Includes a picture).

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 181 - 184. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 81.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Erianthemum virescens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Erianthemum virescens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Erianthemum virescens
Tropicos: Erianthemum virescens

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: Erianthemum virescens., retrieved 17 July 2018

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