(Schinz) Engl. & Pax, Apocynaceae
Present on Pacific Islands? yes
Primarily a threat at high elevations? no
Risk assessment results: Evaluate, score: 2 (Go to the risk assessment)
Other Latin names: Strophanthus petersianus var. amboensis Schinz
Description: "Deciduous, densely intertwined shrub or liana, with thick, snake-like stems. Leaves simple, with successive pairs at right-angles to each other; broadly ovate, 20-50 mm long; pale green; midrib prominent and sparsely downy below. Flowers: corolla tube short, red; corolla lobes narrow, up to 40 mm long, twisted, yellow. Fruit two dry, woody capsules, each 200-300 mm long, cylindrical, woody; splitting open when ripe. Seeds many, with a tuft of silky hairs on one end" (Namibian Biodiversity Database [archived and no longer available online]).
Habitat/ecology: In Namibia (native), "mainly found on rocky outcrops, hill slopes, kloofs and cliffs, but on sandy plains in eastern Caprivi" (Namibian Biodiversity Database [archived and no longer available online]).
Native range: Namibia (GRIN).
Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
State of Hawaii
Bishop Museum (U.S.A. Hawaii. Honolulu.) (1994) (voucher ID: BISH 639963)
Taxon name on voucher: Strophanthus amboensis (Schinz) Engl. & Pax