Tapiphyllum rhodesiacum (Tennant) Bridson

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Common names:
Shrub or small tree up to 4.5 m tall; the internodes, particularly on the abbreviated lateral shoots, very short giving a gnarled appearance; youngest parts densely ± velvety ferruginous-hairy, but soon glabrous and with dark purplish-brown minutely scaling bark.Leaves 0.8–3.5 × 0.6–3 cm, broadly elliptic to almost round or oblate, rounded at both ends or ± subcordate at the base, markedly discolorous, pubescent above but not obscuring the bright green surface, densely grey velvety-tomentose beneath, bullate above due to deeply impressed venation; petiole 1–2 mm long; stipules 2 mm long, shortly triangular, densely hairy inside the bases, becoming persistently woody, the appendage 1–2 mm long, subulate.Flowers solitary, or in c. 3-flowered cymes; peduncles ± suppressed; pedicels c. 1 mm long; bracts and bracteoles up to 5 mm long, subulate.Calyx densely pubescent; tube 2 mm long, ovoid, drying brownish and ribbed; lobes 2–4 mm long, triangular at base, with subulate apex.Corolla shortly tailed in bud; creamy or lemon-yellow in colour, the tube more greenish; tube 1.8–2 cm long, slightly to distinctly curved, densely pubescent outside with a ring of deflexed hairs near the base inside; lobes 5–7 mm long, 2 mm wide at the base, triangular-lanceolate, with short appendage at apex, pubescent outside.Style 2.2–2.5 cm long; pollen presenter 2 mm long, subcylindric, shortly 4-lobed at apex.Immature fruit 7 mm wide, ± globose, densely tomentose, pale yellow-brown. (From FZ, Vol 5, Part 2, (1998) Author: D. Bridson)
Type location:
Zambia, Serenje
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Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,C,Lk
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Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Page 263.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tapiphyllum rhodesiacum
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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: Tapiphyllum rhodesiacum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=202350, retrieved 5 October 2023

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