Agelanthus zizyphifolius (Engl.) Polhill & Wiens
subsp. vittatus (Engl.) Polhill & Wiens

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Agelanthus zizyphifolius subsp. vittatus

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Synonyms: Loranthus vittatus Engl.
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Status: Native
Shrub from 40 - 100 cm. Branchlets and leaves glabrous (in ours, subsp. vittatus). Leaves alternate to subopposite; petiole 1-2 mm long; lamina leathery to rather thick and brittle, dull yellowish-green, 2.5-10 × 1-4 cm, oblong-lanceolate to oblong-obovate or elliptic, with 3-5 strong nerves arising from a little above the base. Flowers clustered in axils. Calyx 3-5 mm long, tubular. Corolla 3-4.5 cm long, with a bulbous basal swelling and a narrow constriction of the tube above, pink with a white (and sometimes green) band over the vents and redder at the tip in bud; lobes erect, linear-oblanceolate. Stamen filaments lacking a tooth in front of the anther. Style slender, isodiametric to slightly winged opposite the filaments.
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Derivation of specific name: zizyphifolius: with leaves resembling a Ziziphus (perhaps referring to the 3-5 veins from the base); vittatus: striped lengthwise (presumably referring to the corolla).
Habitat: Montane and riverine forest, and marginally into miombo woodland; on Syzygium and other forest trees.
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Worldwide distribution: From northern Tanzania southwards to central Zimbabwe and westwards into Katanga in the DRC.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,S
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Content last updated: Saturday 10 December 2016

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 200.

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 59.

Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (2006). Loranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 150 - 151.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 74.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Agelanthus zizyphifolius subsp. vittatus., retrieved 2 October 2023

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