Tacazzea apiculata Oliv.

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Tacazzea apiculata

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By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Tacazzea apiculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by camp site

Tacazzea apiculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by camp site

Tacazzea apiculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by camp site

Tacazzea apiculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by camp site

Tacazzea apiculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi River, Zambezi National Park

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Synonyms: Tacazzea bagshawei S. Moore
Tacazzea kirkii N.E. Br.
Tacazzea thollonii Baill.
Tacazzea welwitschii Baill.
Common names: Crawcraw vine (English)
Status: Native
Woody climber. Stems velvety, milky sap present. Leaves opposite, oblong-elliptic to ovate, often with a sharp point at the apex, dark glossy green above, covered in greyish velvety hairs below, veining conspicuous. Flowers small, fleshy, in loose, branched inflorescences, creamy-white, often tinged reddish on the outside of the flowers; outer corona lobes long and filiform. Fruits in paired slender, pointed follicles, covered in velvety greyish hairs.
Derivation of specific name: apiculata: with a short sharp point (apiculate), a reference to the leaves
Habitat: Along forest margins and in riverine vegetation.
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 27.

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Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 22 - 24. (Includes a picture).

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 67.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 27.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 29. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 29.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 198.

Venter, H.J.T., Verhoeven, R.L. & Kotze, J.D.S. (1990). A monograph of Tacazzea (Periplocaceae) South African Journal of Botany 56(1) Pages 96 - 104. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zambia: Tacazzea apiculata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tacazzea apiculata

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tacazzea apiculata
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Tropicos: Tacazzea apiculata
Wikipedia: Tacazzea apiculata

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 Botswana: Species information: Tacazzea apiculata.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145260, retrieved 17 June 2024

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