Melhania forbesii Planch. ex Mast.

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Melhania forbesii

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Melhania forbesii

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Melhania forbesii

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Melhania forbesii

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Melhania forbesii

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Melhania serrulata R.E. Fr.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Branched shrubby herb up to c. 60 cm tall. All vegetative parts covered in greyish hairs, mixed with rusty brown stellate hairs, particularly on stems, petioles and veins on the udersides of leaves. Leaves up to 11 × 5 cm, oblong, ovate-oblong to ovate, somewhat discolorous; margin serrate or crenate; petioleup to 2.5 cm long. Flowers axillary, 1-3 together on pedunclesup to 9 cm long. Epicalyx bracts up to 1.5 × 1 cm, broadly ovate, pointed to slightly acuminate, densely greyish-white hairy. Sepals lanceolate, as long as or shorter than the epicalyx bracts. Petals broadly obovate, bright yellow. Style 1-3 mm long. Fruit slightly shorter than the sepals, ovoid, hairy.
Notes: See the similar Melhania acuminata for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: forbesii: named after John Forbes (1799-1823), an English plant collector and naturalist. As representative of the Horticultural Society of London he visited the Cape in 1822. He died on the Zambezi River in Mozambique the following year.
Habitat: In drier types of open woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Saturday 8 November 2014

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Melhania forbesii., retrieved 30 September 2020

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