Laportea alatipes Hook. f.

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Laportea alatipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern slope above upper Nhamassa River Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Laportea alatipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern slope above upper Nhamassa River Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Laportea alatipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern slope above upper Nhamassa River Valley, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Fleurya alatipes (Hook. f.) N. E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial herb, up to 1.5 cm tall. All part with numerous stinging hairs. Leaves ovate 8-15 cm long, acuminate at the apex; margin coarsely serrate with 25-35 teeth each side. Flowers in axillary panicles, unisexual, normally on the same plant. Male flowers in the axils of the lower leaves; female flowers in fan-shaped clusters; panicles up to 20 cm long in the axils of the upper leaves.
Notes: Note: the specimens in the photos represent the first record for Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: alatipes: with a winged foot, referring to the winged pedicels of the female flowers.
Habitat: Occurring in the understory of montane evergreen forest, growing in shade on the forest floor.
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Cameroon to Ethiopia and south to Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Saturday 7 February 2009

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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36.

Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 90 - 93. (Includes a picture).

Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66(2) Page 250.

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 82.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 182.

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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: Laportea alatipes., retrieved 22 July 2024

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