Sida hoepfneri Gürke

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Sida hoepfneri

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Chersa Forest Land, Umguza District

Sida hoepfneri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chersa Forest Land, Umguza District

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Synonyms: Sida aurescens Ulbr.
Sida chionantha Ulbr.
Sida dinteriana Hochr.
Sida flexuosa Burtt Davy
Sida longipes sensu Eyles p.p.
Sida longipes E. Mey. ex Harv. var. canescens Szyszył.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect branched annual or rarely perennial herb, up to 1·75 m tall, woody at the base, densely and shortly whitish, greenish-white, greyish-yellow or pale greyish-green velvety most parts; stems wiry, purplish-grey to brownish, grooved, becoming hairless when older. Leaves usually oblong or ovate-oblong to broadly elliptic, up to 7 cm long, shortly and densely hairy on both surfaces or sometimes becoming hairless above, veins usually more or less impressed above and prominent beneath; margin distinctly and sometimes rather coarsely serrate; petiole 5-25 mm long. Flowers solitary, axillary, white to pale yellow, occasionally golden yellow on pedicels 1·5–7 cm long. Mericarps usually 8–10, c. 6 mm long, brown, not awned, usually stellate-hairy at least in the upper part, laterally conspicuously reticulate with usually yellowish slightly raised ridges. Seeds ovoid, brown, hairless except for the area around the hilum.
Notes: A variable species but always with shortly but densely hairy vegetative parts; hardly discolorous leaves and awnless, laterally ridged mericarps.
Derivation of specific name: hoepfneri: after Karl Höpfner (1857-1900), German-born geologist and electrochemical engineer. He also was a plant collector while prospecting in Angola and Namibia with August Lüderitz.
Habitat: Mostly found in dry Terminalia woodland on deep sandy soils. Sometimes in brackish or alkaline soils in pans or seasonally dry riverbeds.
Altitude range: 600 - 1200 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, North-West Province South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: GI
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Content last updated: Saturday 30 June 2018

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 482 - 483.

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 61.

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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: Sida hoepfneri., retrieved 17 June 2024

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