Gonatopus angustus N.E. Br.

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Gonatopus angustus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge, Mwenezi.

Gonatopus angustus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge, Mwenezi.

Gonatopus angustus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by road into camp, Umfurudzi Safari Area

Gonatopus angustus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools, by road into camp, Umfurudzi Safari Area

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Synonyms: Gonatopus rhizomatosus Bogner & Oberm.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb growing from a horizontal tuber 4-7 cm long.Leaves 20-65 cm tall with primary divisions pinnate to bipinnate, ultimate segments linear to elliptic, hairless; petiole 10-37 cm long with a basal pulvinus. Inflorescence usually solitary, appearing just before the leaf. Peduncle 3-10 cm long, elongating in fruit. Spathe 2-6 cm long, brownish-green on the outside, paler inside with a broadly elliptic limb, usually reflexed at maturity. Spadix 4-5.3 cm long, white. Infrutescence shortly cylindric with ovoid berries, yellow to orange.
Derivation of specific name: angustus: narrow; referring to the narrow leaf divisions.
Habitat: Rocky miombo woodland, forest ansd on river banks, often on sandy soil.
Altitude range: Up to 800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 25 December 2017

Haigh, A. & Boyce, P. (2012). Araceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(1) Page 28.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 85.

Mayo, S.J. (1985). Araceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 12.

Obermeyer, A.A. (1977). A New Species of Gonatopus from Southern Africa Bothalia 12(2) Pages 251 - 253. As Gonatopus rhizomatosus (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Page 570. (Includes a picture).

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 23. As Gonatopus rhizomatosus

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 45.

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Flora of Mozambique: Gonatopus angustus
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gonatopus angustus
African Plant Database: Gonatopus angustus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gonatopus angustus
Plants of the World Online: Gonatopus angustus
Tropicos: Gonatopus angustus
Wikipedia: Gonatopus angustus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Gonatopus angustus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111990, retrieved 12 April 2024

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