African Plant Database

Helixanthera kirkii (Oliv.) Danser
Information on the genus : Helixanthera
Basionym : Loranthus kirkii Oliv.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Loranthus kirkii Oliv.
 Acrostachys kirkii (Oliv.) Tiegh. (1894)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Loranthus stefaninii Chiov.
=Helixanthera somalensis (Chiov.) Danser
=Loranthus somalensis Chiov. (1916)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stems laxly branched, to c. 60 cm; branchlets thickening to 3-5 mm Ø, greenish turning reddish brown to grey; leaves mostly (sub-)opposite, sometimes one alternating with pairs, slightly fleshy, with glandular-hairy petiole;[…]
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Ecology : Coastal bushland; inland in dry bushland and woodland; on Cordia and Markhamia (coastal), Grewia, Combretum and various hosts.
  Variable in flower colour (orange and green in Somalia), dull reddish along E African coast, bright yellow or orange inland. Angolan populations with more pointed leaves.
  up to c. 200 m alt. Disjunct species.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Mistletoes Afr. : 83-84 (1998).
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Record n°25218
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