Acanthopale pubescens (Lindau) C.B. Clarke

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Acanthopale pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Acanthopale pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Acanthopale pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Acanthopale pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Acanthopale albosetulosa C.B. Clarke
Acanthopale longipilosa (Mildbr.) Bremek.
Dischistocalyx pubescens Engl.
Dischistocalyx pubescens Engl. var. longipilosa Mildbr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect or somewhat scrambling Shrub-like perennial herb, up to 2.5 m tall. Leaves opposite, largest 8-24 cm long, ovate to elliptic with a distinct drip-tip, dark green, hairy on both surfaces; petiole 2-6.5 cm long. Flowers in more or less condensed terminal racemose heads, white with purple-pink markings, softly hairy on the outside of the corolla. Capsule 11-14 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: pubescens: pubescent, with soft short hairs
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest, often in large numbers.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Monday 5 October 2015

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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: Acanthopale pubescens., retrieved 13 June 2024

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