Orthanthera jasminiflora (Decne.) Schinz

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Orthanthera jasminiflora

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Ngamiland Concession 22 - Vumbura, Okavango Delta

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Synonyms: Barrowia jasminiflora Decne.
Orthanthera browniana Schinz
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Status: Native
Perennial climbing or creeping herb up to 5 m long, growing from a stout woody rhizome. Leaves opposite, simple, linear-elliptic to narrowly ovate, 1.5-7 cm long, stiff and leathery, rough to the touch; margin entire but often wavy. Flowers in 2-13-flowered pseudo-umbels, strongly scented; corolla tubular, cream-coloured, pubescent, tube up to 2 cm long, swollen at the base, lobes linear-lanceolate, spreading, up to 12 mm long, spreading. Fruit in paired follicles, up to 10 cm × 12 mm, distinctly beaked.
Notes: In northern Botswana, young fruits are eaten fresh or cooked as a vegetable.
Derivation of specific name: jasminiflora: with flowers like a jasmin
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
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Content last updated: Saturday 17 October 2015

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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: Orthanthera jasminiflora.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=146120, retrieved 22 June 2024

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