Pilea johnstonii Oliv.
subsp. johnstonii

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Pilea johnstonii subsp. johnstonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Pilea johnstonii subsp. johnstonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Pilea johnstonii subsp. johnstonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Status: Native
Perennial herb without stinging hairs, growing from a creeping rhizome. Stems juicy, often deep purple-red, unbranched or sparsely branched, up to 60 cm tall. Leaves mostly broadly ovate, rarely elliptic up to 8.5 × 7 cm with long spreading hairs on the veins below, acute or short acuminate at the apex; margin serrate with 10-24 teeth each side. Flowers in axillary subspherical clusters on long peduncles, sometimes branched, unisexual, normally on the same plant.
Derivation of specific name: johnstonii: after Sir Henry (Harry) Hamilton Johnston (1858-1927), British administrator and explorer, who collected flora and fauna specimens in many parts of Afrca. His best known discovery likely is the okapi, which he first found and
Habitat: In the understory of montane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1400 - 2300 m
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Worldwide distribution: From Cameroon to Ethiopia and South to Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: S
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Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 99 - 100.

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.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pilea johnstonii
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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: Pilea johnstonii subsp. johnstonii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120570, retrieved 14 June 2024

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