Heinsenia diervilleoides K. Schum.
subsp. diervilleoides

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Heinsenia diervilleoides subsp. diervilleoides

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Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Heinsenia diervilleoides subsp. diervilleoides

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Chirinda Forest

Heinsenia diervilleoides subsp. diervilleoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Aulacocalyx diervilleoides (K. Schum.) Petit
Heinsenia sylvestris S. Moore
Common names: Miniature bells (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, mostly hairless, elliptic to oblanceolate with a distinct driptip. The veining is prominent below, veins and petiole often pinkish red, young leaves pink. Flowers in dense axillary clusters, bell-shaped, creamy white, mottled with pink; corolla with silky hairs on the outside. Fruit fleshy, brown to black when ripe, remains of the old calyx teeth persistent.
Derivation of specific name: diervilleoides: named for the resemblance of the flowers to Diervillea florida, now Weigela florida, in the Caprifoliaceae. Diervillea commemorates N. Dierville, a 17th century French surgeon.
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 900 - 1300 m
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Sudan southwards through East Africa to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Content last updated: Monday 5 October 2015

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Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 75.

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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: Heinsenia diervilleoides subsp. diervilleoides.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155640, retrieved 21 April 2024

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