Paraknoxia parviflora (Stapf & Verdc.) Bremek.

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Synonyms: Paraknoxia ruziziensis Bremek.
Pentanisia parviflora Stapf ex Verdc.
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Status: Native
Erect herb up to 38 cm high with slender, often branched, hairy stems. Leaves narrowly elliptic, lanceolate, linear or linear-oblanceolate or ovate-elliptic, 1.3–4.2 cm long, covered with short hairs; petioles up to 3 mm long; stipules with c. 3–7 deltoid segments 1–2 mm long from a pale chestnut-coloured base 1–1.5 mm long. Inflorescences c. 2–4 mm wide, supported by the apical pair of leaves. Calyx tube 1 mm long, covered with small scaly hairs; lobes very minute, crowned with hairs, one lobe sometimes slightly larger. Corolla white or tinged bluish mauve; tube 1.75–4 mm. long, hairless outside, lobes 1.3–1.5 mm long, hairy outside. Fruit somewhat pointed at the apex, 1.3–1.75 mm long, densely covered with scaly hairs.
Derivation of specific name: parviflora: small-flowered
Habitat: On rocks and in rocky soils, particularly in metalliferous areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, CAR, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N
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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 73.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 56 - 57. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Paraknoxia parviflora
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Paraknoxia parviflora
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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: Paraknoxia parviflora., retrieved 16 April 2024

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