Biophytum crassipes Engl.

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Biophytum crassipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
At parks offices Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park.

Biophytum crassipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
At parks offices Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park.

Biophytum crassipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
At parks offices Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park.

Biophytum crassipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
At parks offices Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Biophytum ringoetii De Wild.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Stemless perennial herb, up to 15 cm high growing from a thickened woody rootstock. Leaves in 1–4 rosettes, up to 13 cm long with a hairy rhachis; leaflets in 4–17 pairs, obliquely subcircular to obovate, 2·5–11 mm long, hairless, with 3–7 pairs of prominent lateral veins; margin ciliate. Flowers yellow, orange or reddish, in 3–6-flowered pseudumbels on a hairy peduncle 5–15 cm long; pedicels up to 4 mm long. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 5–6 mm long, 5–7-veined, pubescent. Petals 6–9 mm. long, hairless. Capsule obovoid-ellipsoid, 3 mm long, hairless.
Notes: See B. nyikense for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: crassipes: with a thick foot.
Habitat: In woodland, grassland, scrub and marshy places.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1660 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 3 May 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 223.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 93.

Exell, A.W. (1963). Oxalidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 159 - 161. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 82.

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Flora of Mozambique: Biophytum crassipes
Flora of Zambia: Biophytum crassipes

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Biophytum crassipes
African Plant Database: Biophytum crassipes
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Biophytum crassipes
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Biophytum crassipes
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Biophytum crassipes
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Biophytum crassipes
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Biophytum crassipes
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Biophytum crassipes
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Biophytum crassipes
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Biophytum crassipes
Ispot Southern Africa: Biophytum crassipes
JSTOR Plant Science: Biophytum crassipes
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Biophytum crassipes
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Biophytum crassipes
The Plant List (version 1.1): Biophytum crassipes
Tropicos: Biophytum crassipes


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Biophytum crassipes.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=179000, retrieved 24 May 2019

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