Landolphia buchananii (Hallier f.) Stapf

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Landolphia buchananii

Katanga Province, DRC
Dec 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Synonyms: Clitandra buchananii Hallier f.
Landolphia rogersii Stapf
Landolphia swynnertonii S. Moore
Landolphia ugandensis Stapf
Common names:
Climbing shrub or robust liane with numerous strong tendrils formed by old inflorescence branches. Older stems strongly and deeply fluted, appearing almost like a bundle of separate vines. Leaves elliptic-oblong to narrowly ovate, up to 14 cm long, dark green, usually not glossy and hairless above, midrib hardly channeled, lateral veins and net-veining somewhat depressed, midrib prominent below, net-veining visible with a lens, hairless or midrib pubescent. Inflorescence terminal and axillary, few-several-flowered. Flowers white, up to c. 2 cm in diameter with a tube 7.5 - 9 mm long, often pinkish or yellow inside, scented. Fruits spherical, up to 10 cm in diameter, green, edible.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Nephele argentifera (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Monday 11 July 2016

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Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 409 - 410.

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 19.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 43.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Landolphia buchananii., retrieved 20 October 2021

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