Isoglossa milanjiensis S. Moore

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Isoglossa milanjiensis

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Vumba Rd at the roadside seepage near Cloudlands.

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Synonyms: Isoglossa mossambicensis Lindau
Common names:
Status: Native
Bushy scrambling herb, sometimes attaining 2 m. Leaves ovate or narrowly ovate with a drip-tip. Flowers 2-lipped; lower lip white with raised purple palate at the front, brown in colour at the back. Capsule brown.
Notes: This species was formerly treated as endemic to Mt Mulanje but it is now considered conspecific with the former Isoglossa mossambicensis found on Mt Gorongosa and the border mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: milanjiensis: of Mt Mulanje, Malawi.
Habitat: In and at the edges of evergreen forest, sometimes on streambanks in full sun.
Altitude range: 350 - 2000 m
Flowering time:(Mar-) Jul - Nov
Worldwide distribution:
Malawi distribution: S
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Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Salamis parhassus (Food plant)
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

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 19.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 154 - 155.

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 Isoglossa mossambicensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 14.

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

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Flora of Mozambique: Isoglossa milanjiensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Isoglossa milanjiensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Isoglossa milanjiensis
African Plant Database: Isoglossa milanjiensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Isoglossa milanjiensis
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JSTOR Plant Science: Isoglossa milanjiensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Isoglossa milanjiensis
Plants of the World Online: Isoglossa milanjiensis
Tropicos: Isoglossa milanjiensis
Wikipedia: Isoglossa milanjiensis

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: Isoglossa milanjiensis., retrieved 22 June 2024

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