African Plant Database

Tapinanthus oleifolius (J.C. Wendl.) Danser
Information on the genus : Tapinanthus
Basionym : Lichtensteinia oleifolia J.C. Wendl.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Loranthus oleifolius (J.C. Wendl.) Cham. & Schltdl.
 Loranthus oleifolius var. luteus Neusser
 Lichtensteinia oleifolia J.C. Wendl.
 Scurrula oleifolia (J.C. Wendl.) G. Don
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Loranthus meyeri C. Presl
=*Loranthus meyeri var. inachabensis Engl.
=Loranthus namaquensis Harv.
=Tapinanthus namaquensis (Harv.) Tiegh.
=Loranthus namaquensis var. ligustrifolius Engl.
=Lichtensteinia speciosa (F. Dietr.) Tiegh.
=Loranthus speciosus F. Dietr.
=Loranthus bumbensis Hiern
=Loranthus quinquangulus Engl. & Schinz
=Tapinanthus quinquangulus (Engl. & Schinz) Danser
=Loranthus zambesicus Gibbs (1906)
=Loranthus quinquangulus var. pedicellatus Sprague
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub to c. 1,5 m tall with spreading puberulous stems, glabrescent, grey to brownish, densely but inconspicuously lenticellate; leaves petiolate, coriaceous, dull green to glaucous,lanceolate-ovate, generally glabrous; corolla-tube red with white spots[…]
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Ecology : Sandy places by river, river banks (Angola); dry mixed woodland, wooded grassland; widespread in drier areas; on a wide range of hosts (e. g. commonly Acacia and Combretum, also Aloe, Diospyros, Maytenus […]). 70-1950 m alt. (S. Africa).
  Namibia, Caprivi Strip, Botswana, S. Africa.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Shrub, Parasite- Ht 1.5 m. Alt: 70 - 1950 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, FS, LP, NC, NW

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 110 (1985).
  • 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 : 193-194
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