Geophila repens (L.) I.M. Johnst.

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (10)

Geophila repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Geophila repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Geophila repens

Photo: Neil Crouch
Haroni Gorge, Chimanimani

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms: Geophila uniflora Hiern
Rondeletia repens L.
Common names:
Status: Native
Prostrate creeping herb, rooting at the nodes. Stems 20-30 cm long, densely appressed hairy; flowering shoots, ascending up to c. 7.5 cm high. Leaves up to c. 3.5 × 5.5 cm, kidney-shaped with a broadly rounded apex, hairless above, hairless or pubescent beneath; petiole up to 11.5 cm long. Flowers usually solitary, rarely 2 together, white. Fruit a berry, 5-12 mm in diameter, glossy orange-red when ripe, crowned with the remains of the calyx lobes.
Notes: Differs from G. obvallata in the inflorescence being mostly 1-flowered (rarely 2-3);inconspicuous bracts, not forming an involucre and the fruit being orange-red
Derivation of specific name: repens: creeping
Habitat: Evergreen forest
Altitude range: 300 - 1140 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species

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 72.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 163.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 32 - 34. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Geophila repens:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Geophila repens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Geophila repens

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Geophila repens
African Plant Database: Geophila repens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Geophila repens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Geophila repens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Geophila repens
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Geophila repens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Geophila repens
JSTOR Plant Science: Geophila repens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Geophila repens
Plants of the World Online: Geophila repens
Tropicos: Geophila repens
Wikipedia: Geophila repens

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: Geophila repens., retrieved 21 April 2024

Site software last modified: 3 April 2018 9:36pm
Terms of use