Lepidagathis nemorosa S. Moore

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Lepidagathis nemorosa

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Near Doma

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Synonyms: Lepidagathis lindaviana Buscal. & Muschl.
Lepidagathis persimilis S. Moore
Lepidagathis ringoetii De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with few to many erect or decumbent branches up to 60 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves more or less narrowly oblong-elliptic, lanceolate to spathulate, 3.3-9 cm long, glossy above, hairless or pubescent on the main veins; petiole 0-18 mm long. Inflorescence in opposite axillary clusters; bracts green and blackish-brown, ovate-elliptic, 5-9 mm long, ciliate. Corolla 20-28 mm long, white to pale blue or mauve with pink or purple markings on the lower lip, usually pubescent on the lower lip and throat; tube 10-16.5 mm long; upper lip 6-8 mm long; lower lip 9.5-12.5 mm long. Capsule 10-11 mm long, hairless or with a few hairs at the apex.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In miombo woodland, usually on sandy soils or rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: 500 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRD, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N
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Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 27 - 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 14. as Lepidagathis persimilis

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 19. As Lepidagathis persimilis

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lepidagathis nemorosa
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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: Lepidagathis nemorosa.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153440, retrieved 23 March 2023

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