Clerodendrum ternatum Schinz

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Clerodendrum ternatum

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Msorodoni Farm, on rd to Mtoroshanga

Clerodendrum ternatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Msorodoni Farm, on rd to Mtoroshanga

Clerodendrum ternatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Clerodendrum ternatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

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Synonyms: Clerodendrum lanceolatum Gürke
Clerodendrum ternatum Schinz var. lanceolatum (Gürke) Moldenke
Common names: Dwarf cat's whiskers (English)
Status: Native
Suffrutex growing from an extensive rhizomatous woody rootstock. Stems 1-many, up to c. 50 cm tall, unbranched or sparsely branched, woody at the base, covered in short whitish hairs. Leaves with an unpleasant smell when crushed, 3-whorled or opposite, subsessile, narrowly lanceolate to oblanceolate, up to 10 × 2.2 cm, hairy and gland-dotted below; margin with several spaced teeth in the upper half or entire. Flowers in c. 3-flowered axillary clusters, unpleasantly scented, white or creamy-white; corolla tube up to 4.5 cm long, abruptly funnel-shaped at the top; stamens mauve to deep purple, exserted up to 3.5 cm. Fruit deeply 4-lobed, c. 7 × 8 mm, black.
Derivation of specific name: ternatum: 3-whorled, referring to the leaves
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, dry deciduous woodland and on Kalahari sand, often forming small colonies.
Altitude range: 550 - 1480 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: C,S
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Content last updated: Sunday 1 February 2015

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9. As Clerodendrum ternatum ternatum

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Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 95. (Includes a picture).

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 55.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 77.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 183.

Verdcourt, B. (1992). Verbenaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 124 - 125. under Verbenaceae

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Clerodendrum ternatum., retrieved 9 December 2023

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