African Plant Database

Tapinanthus forbesii (Sprague) Wiens
Information on the genus : Tapinanthus
Basionym : Loranthus oleifolius var. forbesii Sprague
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Loranthus oleifolius var. forbesii Sprague
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub with spreading stems to 1-1,5m,generally glabrous;lateral branches short;leaves coriaceous,green-slightly glaucous,ovate-elliptic;corolla-tube dull red,sometimes with white spots,lobes reflexed;bud-heads green turning greyish black;calyx short.
Ecology : Deciduous coastal bushland, thicket, dry mixed woodland; lowveld; on a wide range of hosts (e. g. commonly Acacia, Combretum, Sterculia; a form on Uapaca occurs in a belt Malawi-SE Zaire-SE Tanzania).
  up to 1750 m alt. Close to T. dependens but with shorter calyx (1,5 mm, not 2-4 mm) and red (not pink) flowers. Can be confused with T. oleifolius but different by lack of indumentum. Ranges overlap, but they rarely grow together.
  NE-most S. Africa.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Shrub, Parasite- Ht 1 m. Alt: 300 - 640 m. Distribution: LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 87 (1997).
  • Mistletoes Afr. : 194-195 (1998).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 25353
Record n°25353
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