Canscora alata (Roth ex Roem. & Schult.) Wall.

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Canscora alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Nhamadzi river, lower Chimanimani Mts

Canscora alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Nhamadzi river, lower Chimanimani Mts

Canscora alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Nhamadzi river, lower Chimanimani Mts

Canscora alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Canscora alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Canscora alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Canscora decussata (Roxb.) Roem. & Schult.
Pladera decussata Roxb.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Branched, erect annual herb, 15-30 cm tall. Stem 4-winged, hairless. Leaves opposite, sessile but narrowing into a petiole-like base, lanceolate to ovate, 7-30 mm long, 3-veined, hairless. Flowers in terminal and axillary cymes, rarely solitary. Bracts sessile, 3-8 mm long, ovate-lanceolate, 3-veined. Calyx 4-winged, swollen towards the base; tube 5-8 mm long; teeth ovate-lanceolate, 1.5 mm long. Corolla white to pale pink; tube 6-8 mm long; lobes 4, unequal, up to 4 × 3.5 mm, obovate, sometimes emarginate. Fruit a cylindric capsule, 5.5-7.5 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: alata: winged
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa (see note), Madagascar, tropical Asia and Australia.
Malawi distribution: N
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Literature:

Paiva, J. & Nogueira, I. (1990). Gentianaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Page 37.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 92.

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Flora of Mozambique: Canscora alata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Canscora alata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Canscora alata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Canscora alata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Canscora alata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Canscora alata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Canscora alata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Canscora alata
iNaturalist: Canscora alata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Canscora alata
JSTOR Plant Science: Canscora alata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Canscora alata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Canscora alata
Plants of the World Online: Canscora alata
Tropicos: Canscora alata
Wikipedia: Canscora alata


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Canscora alata.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=172550, retrieved 28 September 2022

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