6911.000 Marsdenia R. Br.

DREGEA E. Mey.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020) Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2)

Description of the genus

Lianas, twining; rarely erect shrubs. Leaves opposite, lamina cordate; Inflorescence umbel-like, paniculate or raceme-like; terminal or extra-axillary; pedunculated. Flowers calyx 5-lobed, sepals overlapping; basal glands or scales often present; corolla urceolate or campanulate, throat often hairy; lobes twisted to the right; corona lobes 5, erect acuminate, fleshy. Fruit follicles, mostly thick, acuminate; smooth or longitudinally winged. Seeds comose.

Derivation of name: after William Marsden, British traveller and plant collector, 1754-1836

Worldwide: 125 species in the tropics.

Zambia: 5 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman)
Tirumala petiverana (Blue monarch, Dappled monarch)
Marsdenia macrantha

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
abyssinica (Hochst.) Schltr.W,CDescription, Image
angolensis N.E. Br.B
latifolia (Benth.) K. Schum.B,N,S
macrantha (Klotzsch) Schltr.C,E,SDescription, Image
sylvestris (Retz.) P.I. Forst.B,N,W,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Marsdenia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Marsdenia
Flora of Caprivi: Marsdenia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Marsdenia
Flora of Malawi: Marsdenia
Flora of Mozambique: Marsdenia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Marsdenia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Marsdenia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Marsdenia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Marsdenia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Marsdenia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Marsdenia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Marsdenia
JSTOR Plant Science: Marsdenia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Marsdenia
Plants of the World Online: Marsdenia
Tropicos: Marsdenia
Wikipedia: Marsdenia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Marsdenia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2188, retrieved 26 February 2024

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