Rotheca quadrangulata (B. Thomas) R. Fern.

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Rotheca quadrangulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Rotheca quadrangulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Rotheca quadrangulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Rotheca quadrangulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Rotheca quadrangulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Rotheca quadrangulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Clerodendrum attenuatum (De Wild.) De Wild. nom. illegit. non R. Br.
Clerodendrum myricoides (Hochst.) D.A. Steane & Mabb. var. attenuatum De Wild.
Clerodendrum myricoides (Hochst.) D.A. Steane & Mabb. var. camporum sensu Moldenke non Gürke
Clerodendrum quadrangulatum B. Thomas
Clerodendrum quadrangulatum B. Thomas var. reclinans B. Thomas
Clerodendrum sansibarense Gürke subsp. sansibarense sensu Verdcourt in FTEA p.p.
Clerodendrum scheffleri sensu Richards & Morony non Gürke
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect or sometimes scrambling, weak-stemmed shrub up to 5 m tall. Branches 4-angled, hairless or with a floccose whitish or fulvous indumentum towards the apices when young; flowering branches slender, sometimes pendulous; bark brown with prominent lenticels. Leaves opposite more or less closely spaced on the upper part of the flowering branches, sessile or almost so, broadly elliptic to orbicular or oblanceolate or oblong-oblanceolate, 3–22 cm long, usually hairless or very sparsely pubescent above and more hairy beneath with short whitish hairs; margin entire or serrate-dentate in the upper broader part of the leaf with teeth 12-14 on each side. Inflorescence forming a terminal leafy laxly-spreading open panicle, up to c. 30 cm long; peduncles filiform and wiry, lowermost 6.5–12 cm long, purple, hairless or sparsely shortly hairy; bracts linear; pedicels c. 6 mm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Calyx 3–5 mm long and 4–5 mm wide, reddish-purple, usually hairless, sometimes minutely pubescent; lobes ovate-triangular to oblong or semicircular, shorter than the tube. Corolla usually with the four lateral lobes pale greenish, bluish-green, creamy-green or greenish-violet, and the median lobe deep violet, blue or purple. Fruit ovoid, 7–9 mm wide and 5–6 mm long, glossy, red, reddish-brown or bronze-brown.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: quadrangulata: 4-angled, quadrangular.
Habitat: Along margins of evergreen forest, riverine forest, in wooded gullies and also in high-rainfall woodland or on termite mounds.
Altitude range: 570 - 2250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Wednesday 8 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 191. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 28. As Clerodendrum quadrangulatum

Fernandes, R. (2005). Lamiaceae (subfamilies: Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 132 - 134.

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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: Rotheca quadrangulata.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=212860, retrieved 29 November 2022

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