Saba comorensis (Bojer) Pichon

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Saba comorensis

Picture: Mike Bingham
Mporokoso District, Kalungwishi River; Lumangwe Falls.

Saba comorensis

Picture: Mike Bingham
Mporokoso District, Kalungwishi River; Lumangwe Falls.

Saba comorensis

Picture: Mike Bingham
Mporokoso District, Kalungwishi River; Lumangwe Falls.

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Synonyms: Landolphia comorensis (Bojer) K. Schum.
Landolphia comorensis (Bojer) K. Schum. var. florida (Benth.) K. Schum.
Landolphia florida Benth. var. leiantha Oliv.
Landolphia florida Benth.
Pacouria florida (Benth.) Hiern
Saba comorensis (Bojer) Pichon var. florida (Benth.) Pichon
Saba florida (Benth.) Bullock
Vahea comorensis Bojer
Vahea florida (Benth.) F. Muell.
Willughbeia cordata Klotzsch
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust liane with tendrils, climbing up to 30 m. Branches smooth with conspicuous lenticels, hairless, milky sap present. Leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate, up to 20 cm long, hairless, fairly thinly textured, bright green, slightly paler below. Flowers in dense terminal heads or more lax heads on the tendrils, large, showy, white, sweetly scented. Fruit spherical, up to 6 cm in diameter, yellow to orange when ripe, edible.
Type location:
Comoro Islands
Derivation of specific name: comorensis: of the Comoro Islands.
Habitat: In riverine forest and open woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 15 June 2018

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 799. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 48. As Saba comorensis

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269. As Saba florida

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 427 - 429. as var. comorensis and var. florida (Includes a picture).

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & van Dilst, F.J.H. (1989). Saba (Pichon) Pichon, Series of revisions of Apocynaceae XXVII Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 59(1/2) Pages 190 - 199. (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 19.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 44.

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 72.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Saba comorensis., retrieved 16 June 2024

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