Anthospermum herbaceum L.f.

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Anthospermum herbaceum

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Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

Anthospermum herbaceum

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Vumba Botanic Gardens

Anthospermum herbaceum

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By road from Swynnerton Memorial to main road, Chirinda Forest

Anthospermum herbaceum

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Road from Penhalonga to Small Bridge Dam

Anthospermum herbaceum

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Circular Drive, Nyanga NP

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Status: Native
Scrambling perennial herb, either erect and bushy or low and mat-forming. Leaves very variable in shape and size, from linear lanceolate to ovate, more or less hairy, often markedly discolourous. Flowers in elongated clusters, mostly on short lateral branches, greenish to yellowish, sometimes purple-tinged. Fruit small, yellowish-brown to reddish-brown, grooved and tuberculate.
Derivation of specific name: herbaceum: herb-like or herbaceous; not woody
Habitat: In bracken scrub at the edges of forest and grassland, in riverine thickets and along the edges of marshes.
Altitude range: 450 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: The eastern side of Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa. Also on the southwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Saturday 3 October 2015

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 238. as Anthospermum herbaceum herbaceum

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Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 87.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 157 - 158.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.

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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: Anthospermum herbaceum., retrieved 25 April 2024

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