1. Family: Loranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Globimetula Tiegh.
      1. Globimetula mweroensis (Baker) Danser

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

    Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 9, Part 3. Polygonaceae-Myriaceae. Pope GV, Polhill RM, Martins ES. 2006.

    Type
    Type:Zambia, Mweru plateau, 1894, Carson 27 (K, holotype; B).
    Twigs
    Twigs terete, glabrous or scurfy on youngest parts; bark grey, becoming powdery
    Leaves
    Leaves mostly ternate, very rarely all opposite; petiole 5–17 mm long; lamina leathery or slightly fleshy, yellowish or fresh-green, 6–13 × 3–8 cm, elliptic, blunt or rounded at apex, broadly cuneate to rounded and slightly decurrent at base; lateral nerves well spaced, curved-ascending, 4–7 pairs Leaves mostly ternate, very rarely all opposite; petiole 5–17 mm long; lamina leathery or slightly fleshy, yellowish or fresh-green, 6–13 × 3–8 cm, elliptic, blunt or rounded at apex, broadly cuneate to rounded and slightly decurrent at base; lateral nerves well spaced, curved-ascending, 4–7 pairs.
    Style
    Style constriction 2–2.5 mm long; stigma 1.8–2 mm across, peltate or depressed-turbinate
    Ecology
    Miombo and mixed deciduous woodland; 950–1800 m; mostly on Ficus, Faurea and Protea, also on Brachystegia, other legumes and less commonly a variety of other native and introduced trees; generally flowering from the late rains into the dry season, April–October.
    Note
    Soyer-Poskin & Schmitz, quoted by Balle & Hallé (1962, p. 230–231), found two morphs of this species around Lubumbashi in Katanga (Shaba) Province of Dem. Rep. Congo; one is vegetatively vigorous, with extended lianiform stems bearing few leaves and few scattered flowers, anastomosing with new plants arising from the junctions, and also forming lateral haustorial suckers where contacting the host; the other is floriferous, with a single sucker and short undivided branches bearing up to 1,300 flowers. Although G. mweroensis, and particularly G. anguliflora, are closely related to the widespread and variable Guineo-Congolian forest species G. braunii (Engl.) Danser and have sometimes been included there, there are small morphological differences which seem to justify the segregation of these miombo species despite some difficulty with materials from southern parts of Dem. Rep. Congo.
    Distribution
    Mozambique Also in Angola and Katanga (Shaba) Province of Dem. Rep. Congo. Malawi Zimbabwe ZAM B, ZAM N, ZAM W, ZAM C, ZIM N, ZIM C, ZIM E, MAL N, MAL C, MAL S, MOZ MS Zambia
    Habit
    Twigs terete, glabrous or scurfy on youngest parts; bark grey, becoming powdery.
    Inflorescences
    Umbels 3–9, mostly at older leafless nodes; peduncle 2–10 mm long; pedicels 2–6, 2–5 mm long; bract cup 0.5–0.7 mm long, with a triangular limb 1–2 mm long. Umbels 3–9, mostly at older leafless nodes; peduncle 2–10 mm long; pedicels 2–6, 2–5 mm long; bract cup 0.5–0.7 mm long, with a triangular limb 1–2 mm long
    Receptacle
    Receptacle 1–1.2 mm long. Receptacle 1–1.2 mm long; calyx 0.5–1 mm long
    Calyx
    Calyx 0.5–1 mm long.
    Corolla
    Corolla crimson-red (rarely orange flushed), the apical swelling darkening in ripe buds, 3–4 cm long; apical swelling of mature buds 3.5–5 mm across, 1.5–2.5 mm tall, depressed-conical, pentagonal, slightly reduplicate; basal swelling 3–4 × 2–3 mm, ellipsoid. Corolla crimson-red (rarely orange flushed), the apical swelling darkening in ripe buds, 3–4 cm long; apical swelling of mature buds 3.5–5 mm across, 1.5–2.5 mm tall, depressed-conical, pentagonal, slightly reduplicate; basal swelling 3–4 × 2–3 mm, ellipsoid
    Anthers
    Inner anther thecae 2–2.5 mm long; outer ones 1.2–1.5 mm long. Inner anther thecae 2–2.5 mm long; outer ones 1.2–1.5 mm long
    Pistil
    Style constriction 2–2.5 mm long; stigma 1.8–2 mm across, peltate or depressed-turbinate.
    Fruits
    Berry red, 6–8 mm in diameter, subglobose; seed yellow. Berry red, 6–8 mm in diameter, subglobose; seed yellow.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Globimetula mweroensis (Baker) Danser appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1984 Carson, A. [27] K000407009 Unknown type material

    First published in Verh. Kon. Akad. Wetensch., Afd. Natuurk., Sect. 2, 29(6): 55 (1933)

    Accepted by

    • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.M. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2006). Flora Zambesiaca 9(3): 1-277. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.
    • Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa: 1-370. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Polhill & Wiens, Mistletoes Afr.: 214, photos 90A–B, fig. 21F (1998). TAB. 36, fig. B.
    • Plowes & Drummond, Wild Fl. Zimbabwe, ed. 2: 41, t. 62 (1990).
    • J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 90: 139, fig. 7 (1985).
    • Verh. K. Akad. Wet., sect. 2, 29, 6: 55 (1933).
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.M. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2006). Flora Zambesiaca 9(3): 1-277. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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