Elatostema monticola Hook. f.

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Elatostema monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Elatostema monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path up to plateau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Elatostema monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path up to plateau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Elatostema monticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path up to plateau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Elatostema orientale Engl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual or perennial herb, ascending or erect, up to 30 cm, growing from a prostrate rhizome. Leaves restricted to the upper parts of the stems, alternate, (sub)sessile, obovate to lanceolate, usually asymmetrical; margins serrate. Flowers in sessile axillary clusters, unisexual, normally on different plants, rarely on the same plant.
Derivation of specific name: monticola: mountain-loving
Habitat: A species of evergreen montane forest, growing in shade on the forest floor, often on mossy rocks near streams.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the forests of tropical Africa
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 11 October 2022

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 280. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 104 - 106. (Includes a picture).

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.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Elatostema monticola
Flora of Malawi: Elatostema monticola
Flora of Zambia: Elatostema monticola
Flora of Zimbabwe: Elatostema monticola

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Elatostema monticola
African Plant Database: Elatostema monticola
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JSTOR Plant Science: Elatostema monticola
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Elatostema monticola
Plants of the World Online: Elatostema monticola
Tropicos: Elatostema monticola
Wikipedia: Elatostema monticola

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: Elatostema monticola.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120610, retrieved 19 July 2024

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