Urena lobata L.

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Urena lobata

Photo: Bart Wursten
SDH Cha Sarl Tea Estate, Gurue, Zambesia, Mozambique

Urena lobata

Photo: Bart Wursten
SDH Cha Sarl Tea Estate, Gurue, Zambesia, Mozambique

Urena lobata

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Urena lobata

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

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Status: Native
Erect perennial herb, up to 1 m. Stems with stellate hairs. Leaves oblong to almost circular, variously 3-5-lobed; margin serrate. Flowers solitary in leaf axils, deep pink. Fruit spherical, about 1cm in diameter.
Notes: The specimens in the photos from Mozambique (image numbers 3 and 4) were found in an area of relatively high rainfall, which is somewhat unusual for this species.
Derivation of specific name: lobata: lobed
Habitat: A weed of disturbed and cultivated ground in hot, often dry areas.
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Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Friday 20 July 2012

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 92 - 93. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 204. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57. As Urena lobata lobata lobata

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 259.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 504.

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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 82. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Urena lobata.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139160, retrieved 9 December 2023

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