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; low veld; 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 :
  • SMITH G.F. , E.J. VAN JAARSVELD & AL. (1997). List of Southern African Succulent Plants. Umdaus Press : 87
  • POLHILL R. & D. WIENS (1998). Mistletoes of Africa. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew : 194-195
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