Ancylanthos rubiginosus Desf.

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Ancylanthos rubiginosus

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

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Synonyms: Ancylanthos bainesii Hiern
Ancylanthos ferrugineus Welw.
Ancylanthos fulgidus Welw. ex Hiern
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Status: Native
Suffrutex, 30-150 cm tall, with 1-several shoots growing from a woody rootstock. Younger parts conspicuously covered in pale yellowish hairs. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, ovate, elliptic or lanceolate-elliptic, discolorous, dark green and roughly pubescent above, velvety below, sometimes obscuring the venation. Stipules triangular at the base with a long narrow appendage c. 5 mm long. Inflorescences 3-10-flowered at the leafless nodes. Calyx densely yellowish-brown pubescent. Corolla 2-2.5 cm long, bright orange-yellow. Fruit ellipsoid, 1.8 × 1.4 cm, yellowish-brown velvety, crowned with the persistent calyx.
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Derivation of specific name: rubiginosus: rusty
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,S,W
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Content last updated: Wednesday 11 January 2017

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 236 - 238. (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 71.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 96.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 222.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

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

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