Dalechampia galpinii Pax

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Dalechampia galpinii

Photo: Tony Benn
Kgale Hill, Gaborone, Botswana

Dalechampia galpinii

Photo: Tony Benn
Kgale Hill, Gaborone, Botswana

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Status: Native
Rhizomatous trailing or climbing perennial herb. Stems up to 2 m long, sparingly pubescent. Leaves 3-foliolate; median leaflet simple; lateral leaflets 2-lobed, so that the whole leaf may appear 5-partite. Leaf base cordate with 2 minute glandular stipels near the apex of the petiole. Inflorescences axillary on peduncles 2-11 cm long. Bracts leaf-like, up to 2 cm long, ovate, 3(-5)-lobed, yellowish-green to creamy-white. Flowers unisexual enveloped in the bracts in different inflorescences on the same plant. Fruit 4 × 8 mm, smooth, pubescent, reddish-brown or blackish.
Derivation of specific name: galpinii: named for E.E. Galpin, South African naturalist and collector (1858 - 1941)
Habitat: High-rainfall woodland, often in stony or rocky places; also by roadsides.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini and South Africa (Limpopo, North-West, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal).
Mozambique distribution: M
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 100. (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 41.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 238 - 240. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 56.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dalechampia galpinii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dalechampia galpinii
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Wikipedia: Dalechampia galpinii

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: Dalechampia galpinii.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135340, retrieved 25 February 2024

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