Voacanga thouarsii Roem. & Schult.

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Voacanga thouarsii

Picture: Paul Latham
Mato, Bateke plateau, near Kinshasa, DRC

Voacanga thouarsii

Picture: Paul Latham
Near Bandundu, DRC

Voacanga thouarsii

Picture: Paul Latham
Near Bandundu, DRC

Voacanga thouarsii

Katanga Province, DRC
Nov 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

Voacanga thouarsii

Katanga Province, DRC
Nov 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

Voacanga thouarsii

Katanga Province, DRC
Oct 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

Voacanga thouarsii

Katanga Province, DRC
Oct 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Status: Native
Description:
Small tree. Branches with or without large lenticels. Leaves opposite, narrowly obovate, thickly leathery both when fresh and dry, base cuneate; apex obtuse. Calyx clasping the corolla and shed with it, barrel-shaped to cylindric; 2.5-4 times as long as the lobes. Corolla pale yellow; lobes broadly obcordate. Fruit composed of two separate mericarps, one only often developing; obliquely subspherical. Seeds with an orange aril.
Type location:
Madagascar
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: thouarsii: named after Louis-Marie Aubert du Petit-Thouars (1758-1831), who was exiled to Madagascar after the French Revolution where he became a botanist and an avid collector of plants, particularly orchids.
Habitat: Moist places in evergreen, riverine and swamp forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, also Swaziland and South Africa; also in Madagascar.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Sthenias puncticornis (Uncertain)
Daphnis nerii (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 21 February 2017
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 803. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 27.

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

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 436 - 438.

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 45.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Voacanga thouarsii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145090, retrieved 26 May 2019

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