Saba comorensis (Bojer) Pichon
var. florida (Benth.) Pichon

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Saba comorensis var. florida

Lumangwe Falls
Oct 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

Saba comorensis var. florida

Lumangwe Falls
Oct 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

Saba comorensis var. florida

Lumangwe Falls
Oct 2017
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Status: Native
Lianes, bearing tendrils. Latex white. Stipules 0. Inflorescence terminal, of cymes clustered in panicles. Calyx lobes free. Corolla salver-shaped; lobes overlapping to the left. Ovary hairy. Carpels completely fused into a glabrous, fleshy indehiscent, many-seeded berry.
Type location:
Notes: Synonyms: The species has been placed in Landolphia, Vahea, Pancovia.
Notes:“Recent studies by Leeuwenberg et al., based on large numbers of specimens, seem to suggest that these varieties perhaps cannot be maintained.” FZ Editor’s comment.
Red data list status: Least concern: although this appears to be just the second record for Zambia, probably both from the Kalungwishi R. basin, the species is widespread.
Derivation of specific name: comorensis: of the Comores Islands.
florida: floriferous
Habitat: Riverine forest
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Var. comorensis: Widespread in tropical Africa, south to E Zimbabwe; Comores, Madagascar.
Var. florida: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 10 November 2017

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 425 - 430. Illustration on p. 429 (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Saba comorensis var. florida
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Saba comorensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Saba comorensis
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Saba comorensis var. florida., retrieved 24 March 2018

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