Melhania randii Baker f.

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Melhania randii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Melhania randii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

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Status: Native
Perennial herb or subshrub, up to 60 cm. Leaves 3-veined from the base, narrowly lanceolate, up to 11 cm, thinly hairy on both surfaces. Flowers solitary in the upper leaf axils, bright yellow.
Notes: This species is very close to Melhania prostrata, which has hairs only on the undersurface, has larger bracts on the epicalyx, and has reticulated testa on the fruits.
Derivation of specific name: randii: named after Dr R.F. Rand (1856-1937), English Medical doctor and early plant collector in Zimbabwe.
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland and at the margins of vleis.
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: T
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 June 2009

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 112.

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 80.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 530.

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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: Melhania randii., retrieved 2 October 2023

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