Clerodendrum capitatum (Willd.) Schumach. & Thonn.

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Clerodendrum capitatum

The terminal inflorescences typically appear towards the middle of the rains lasting into the early dry season
Open woodland; Lilayi
Feb 2007
Photo: Nick Wightman

Clerodendrum capitatum

Individual flowers usually open successively with only a few open at any one time during flowering
Open woodland; Lilayi
Feb 2007
Photo: Nick Wightman

Clerodendrum capitatum

Individual flowers usually last about one day before they fade
Open woodland; Lilayi
Feb 2007
Photo: Nick Wightman

Clerodendrum capitatum

Unripe four lobed fruits;
Open woodland; Lilayi;
Jun 2014
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Clerodendron conglobatum Baker
Clerodendron talbotii Wernham
Siphonanthus capitatus (Willd.) S. Moore
Volkameria capitata Willd.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Shrub, scrambling to 6 m, spreading. Branches and stems puberulous. Leaves opposite to whorled, ovate to elliptic, pubescent. Flowers in lax hemispherical terminal heads, white. Fruits rounded to four lobed, 12 mm in diameter, shiny black when ripe.
Type location:
Notes: Red Data list Status: widespread; not threatened
See Clerodendrum buchneri and Clerodendrum frutectorum for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Woodland and thicket
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Sudan south to Angola across to Malawi
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Friday 1 April 2016

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 272.

Fernandes, R. (2005). Lamiaceae (subfamilies: Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 103 - 104.

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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: Clerodendrum capitatum., retrieved 13 April 2024

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