Tapinanthus belvisii DC Danser

Loranthaceae

Description

Guild: pi

Life history: hemi-parasitic shrub

Max. diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: opposite, simple, ovate, notophyll (2-8 x 4-11

cm), entire, coriaceous, glabrous, the lower 2-3

pairs of lateral nerves stronger and more ascending, dull green, reddish when flushed

Inflorescence: axillary, umbel (sometimes several around old nodes, with 8-16 flowers in a ring)

Flower: medium-sized (corolla tube 2.7 cm long);

corolla tube mostly red, lobes green, turning violet-

black outside, greenish inside

Fruit: fleshy (berry), subglobose (0.7 cm in diameter), shiny red; 1 seed

Seed: medium-sized

Other: the branchlets are velutinous.

Phenology

Dispersal: by birds

Timing: flowering period mostly from January to April, also in August (Polhill & Wiens 1998)

Data sources

FWTA, Balle & Hallé (1961), Polhill & Wiens (1998)

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic (Polhill & Wiens 1998)

Upper Guinea: Sierra Leone, Cöte d'Ivoire, Ghana (herbarium, Polhill & Wiens 1998) Distribution type: continuous, widespread, present in 8 30' cells, distribution range is 767 km. Only one observation in Sierra Leone, without precise location, which is an ancient record (Polhill & Wiens 1998).

Forest type: coastal shrubland

Habitat

Found in coastal savanna and bushlands, and at forest edges. Inland found along rivers. It grows on various hosts, including cultivated trees (Polhill & Wiens 1998). On sandy soils (herbarium).

Guild: pi

Life form: hemi-parasitic shrub

Max. diameter: data unavailable

Leaf: opposite, simple, elliptic to lanceolate, microphyll (2-5 x 5-9 cm), entire, herbaceous

Inflorescence: axillary, umbel (with 8-12 flowers)

Flower: medium-sized (corolla tube 2.2 cm long);

corolla tube pale pink, lobes red to purple

Fruit: fleshy (berry), globose (0.6 cm in diameter), red; 1 seed

Seed: medium-sized

Distribution

Continent: Upper Guinea endemic (Polhill & Wiens 1998)

Upper Guinea: Côte d'Ivoire (Polhill & Wiens 1998) Distribution type: continuous, very local, present in 3 30' cells, distribution range is 46 km. It has a very restricted distribution; only known from the Banco and Adiopoudome forest in southeast Côte d'Ivoire (Polhill & Wiens 1998). Forest type: coastal forest

Habitat

Data unavailable.

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