Dracaena laxissima Engl.

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Dracaena laxissima

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Dracaena laxissima

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Dracaena laxissima

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
Description:
Slender, sparsely branched climbing shrub, sometimes a liane up to 10 mhigh. Leaves alternate in one plane along the branches, lanceolate-elliptic, 7-16 cm long with a prominent midrib and narrowing at the base into a sheathing pseudo-petiole. Inflorescences terminal,branched, pendulous,15-30 cm long. Flowers with perianth 15-22 mm long, lobes twice as long as tube, greenish-white to pinkish. Fruit globose, c. 8 mm in diameter, orange.
Type location:
DRC
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: laxissima: very lax, probably referring to the slender, flexible branches of this species.
Habitat: In uderstorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 850 - 2400 m
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Worldwide distribution: From São Tomé and Nigeria to Tanzania and Zanzibar and South to Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Content last updated: Monday 10 September 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 305. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. (2010). Dracaenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Pages 19 - 20. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 114.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 79.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 99.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dracaena laxissima
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Dracaena laxissima
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dracaena laxissima
Ispot Southern Africa: Dracaena laxissima
JSTOR Plant Science: Dracaena laxissima
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dracaena laxissima
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Dracaena laxissima
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dracaena laxissima
The Plant List (version 1.1): Dracaena laxissima
Tropicos: Dracaena laxissima


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: Dracaena laxissima.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=206890, retrieved 21 September 2018

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