Dorstenia psilurus Welw.
var. psilurus

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Dorstenia psilurus var. psilurus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mphingue, Catapu

Dorstenia psilurus var. psilurus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mphingue, Catapu

Dorstenia psilurus var. psilurus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mphingue, Catapu

Dorstenia psilurus var. psilurus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mphingue, Catapu

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Common names: Common dorstenia (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Perennial herb, up to 50 cm. It is normally evergreen but may die back in drier locations. Leaves spirally arranged on the upper part of the stem, oblanceolate to obovate with small to large teeth, sometimes almost appearing 3-lobed. Inflorescences solitary, axillary; receptacle boat-shaped, often borne vertically, with a long, hair-like appendage at both ends.
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Habitat: On the forest floor of evergreen forest and in high rainfall Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 32 - 34.

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 307 - 310. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 63.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 79.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 123.

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Flora of Malawi: Dorstenia psilurus var. psilurus
Flora of Zambia: Dorstenia psilurus var. psilurus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dorstenia psilurus var. psilurus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dorstenia psilurus
African Plant Database: Dorstenia psilurus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dorstenia psilurus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dorstenia psilurus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dorstenia psilurus
JSTOR Plant Science: Dorstenia psilurus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dorstenia psilurus
Plants of the World Online: Dorstenia psilurus
Tropicos: Dorstenia psilurus
Wikipedia: Dorstenia psilurus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dorstenia psilurus var. psilurus., retrieved 18 May 2024

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