Laportea mooreana (Hiern) Chew

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Laportea mooreana

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Synonyms: Adicea mooreana Hiern
Fleurya funigera Mildbr.
Fleurya mooreana (Hiern) Rendle
Fleurya urophylla Mildbr.
Pilea mooreana (Hiern) K. Schum.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect, sparsely-branched annual herb, up to 1 m high. Most parts with long, fiercely stinging hairs. Leaves broadly ovate to triangular, 4.5-15 cm long, 3-veined from the base; apex often caudate; margin with 10-18 large triangular teeth. Inflorescences branched, up to 30 × 10 cm, unisexual or bisexual. Flowers unisexual; male flowers in separate inflorescences in the lower leaf axils or on the lower part of bisexual inflorescences; female flowers in inflorescences in the upper leaf axils.
Notes: This is one of the most fiercely stinging nettles in our flora.
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Habitat: In understorey of forest, usually in rocky places.
Altitude range: 950 - 1950 m
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Worldwide distribution: Fairly widespread in tropical Africa from Nigeria to Uganda and South to Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: C,S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 5 September 2017

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 116.

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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 82.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 182.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 76.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Laportea mooreana
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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: Laportea mooreana., retrieved 23 April 2024

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