Acokanthera schimperi

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Acokanthera schimperi (A.DC.) Schweinf.

Apocynaceae

Life form: shrub

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Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: not specified

Division: simple

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: berry

 

Inflorescence: cluster

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Lamiidae
Superordo:
Gentiananae
Ordo:
Gentianales

Acokanthera schimperi is a shrub.

Naming

Acokanthera schimperi was already described and the name validly published by Alphonse Louis Pierre Pyramus de Candolle. It was Georg August Schweinfurth, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1891.

Taxonomy

Acokanthera schimperi is a species in the genus Acokanthera which contains approximately 5 to 8 species and belongs to the family of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family).

Characteristics

Growth

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Acokanthera schimperi is evergreen. The simple leaves are opposite. They are entire.

Flowers and Fruits

Acokanthera schimperi produces cluster of five-stellate flowers from February to April.

The shrubs produce berries.

Root System

Distribution

Acokanthera schimperi is native to East Africa and the Southwest of the Arabian Peninsula.

Cultivation

The shrubs tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Acokanthera schimperi is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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