Marsdenia abyssinica (Hochst.) Schltr.

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Marsdenia abyssinica

Munga woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Aug 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Marsdenia abyssinica

Munga woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Aug 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Marsdenia abyssinica

Munga woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Dec 2006
Photo: Nick Wightman

Marsdenia abyssinica

Munga woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Aug 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Marsdenia abyssinica

Ripe Follicles & Seed
Munga woodland
Dabuyu Farms, Lilayi
Aug 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Dregea abyssinica (Hochst.) K. Schum.
Dregea africana (Decne.) Martelli
Hoya africana Decne.
Marsdenia spissa S. Moore
Pterygocarpus abyssinicus Hochst.
Common names:
Status: Native
Woody scrambler up to several metres with white latex; older wood lenticellate, soft and corky below. Young shoots minutely velvety. Leaves ovate to broadly elliptic, 5–10 cm long, hairless on both surfaces; petiole 1–2.5 cm long, minutely velvety. Inflorescences extra-axillary, with congested, irregularly branched clusters of flowers; peduncles 1–2.5 cm long; pedicels 0.7–1.4 cm long. Sepals broadly ovate to orbicular, 1.5–3 mm long and wide, densely velvety at least towards the base. Flowers sweetly scented with corolla lobes overlapping to the right. Corolla white, cream or green; lobes ovate or oblong, 4–5 mm long, hairless or sparsely pubescent outside, densely pubescent, even bearded towards the apex, margins and throat inside. Fruit in paired or single ovoid follicles occurring singly or in opposite pairs, woody, ovoid, 6–10 cm long, tapering to a pointed apex, covered with many well-developed and extremely convoluted longitudinal wings.
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Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: Mostly in Acacia woodland and along forest margins.
Altitude range: 400 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa from Ghana and Nigeria in the west to Ethiopia and Sudan in the Northeast and southwards to Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C
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Content last updated: Wednesday 23 September 2020

Bullock, A.A. (1956). Notes on African Asclepiadaceae: VIII. Kew Bulletin 11(3) Pages 516 - 517. As Dregia abyssinica

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270. As Dregea abyssinica

Goyder, D., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012). Apocynaceae (part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 79.

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 21.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 25.

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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: Species information: Marsdenia abyssinica., retrieved 27 May 2024

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