Pentas decora S.Moore
var. decora

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Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park.

Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road between Kaperepeza turn-off and Lake Kaulime turn-off, Nyika National Park.

Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Pentas decora var. decora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Pentas homblei De Wild.
Pentas longituba sensu K. Krause non K. Schum.
Pentas verticillata Scott Elliot nom. nud.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect perennial herb 0.3–1.5 m tall; stems usually single, mostly somewhat woody, hairless to sparsely pubescent or densely hairy with short hairs. Leaves in whorls of 3–5, rarely opposite, narrowly to broadly elliptic, elliptic-lanceolate, lanceolate or narrowly ovate, 3.9–13 x 0.9–5.6 cm., mostly hairless, rarely sparsely pubescent or hairy; stipules with 1–5 ciliate setae, 0.5–10 mm long from a short base. Inflorescence of 1–5 clusters, each c. 30-flowered; peduncles 0–7.5 cm long. Calyx hairless to hairy; lobes deltoid to filiform, ciliate. Flowers white, sweet-scented. Corolla tube 3–12 cm long, scarcely dilated at the apex, shortly hairy outside; throat densely hairy with long hairs; lobes linear-oblong to elliptic-lanceolate, 0.8–1.8 cm long, hairy outside, sometimes yellowish. Stamens entirely included. Style exserted 0.3–1.8 cm, densely covered with white papillae; stigma lobes blackish, elliptic, 1–3 mm. long, thickened. Fruit Capsule obovoid-obtriangular, 1–1.5 cm long, , strongly ribbed, pubescent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: decora: decorous, tasteful, decorative.
Habitat: In grassland, often with Protea spp., occasionally in woodland.
Altitude range: 900 - 2250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 110 - 111. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 248. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 91.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Page 71.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pentas decora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pentas decora
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pentas decora
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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: Pentas decora var. decora.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=189530, retrieved 25 March 2019

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