Heterotis prostrata (Thonn.) Benth.

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Heterotis prostrata

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Muhohwa River, The Corner, Chimanimani.

Heterotis prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Muhohwa River, The Corner, Chimanimani.

Heterotis prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Muhohwa River, The Corner, Chimanimani.

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Synonyms: Dissotis prostrata (Thonn.) Hook. f.
Dissotis rotundifolia (Sm.) Triana var. prostrata (Thonn.) Jacq.-Fél.
Melastoma prostratum Thonn.
Common names:
Status: Native
Procumbent or sometimes scandent perennial. Stems 60-90 cm long, angular, fleshy, hollow, sometimes woody at the base, rooting at the nodes; branches ascending, bristly hairy, particularly on the nodes. Leaves opposite, narrowly to broadly ovate-elliptic, up to 6 × 3 cm, 3-5-veined from the base, dull green above, pale green or whitish below, bristly hairy on both surfaces. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters, pale mauve to deep purple. Stamens very unequal with pedoconnectives up to 7 mm long, 2-lobed at the base. Fruit ovoid-ellipsoid, up to 11 × 7.5 mm, bristly.
Derivation of specific name: rotundifolia: round-leaved
Habitat: In damp places in forest and along streams.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 22 January 2008

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 56 - 57. as Dissotis rotundifolia var prostrata (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22. As Dissotis rotundifolia prostrata

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 249 - 251. As Dissotis rotundifolia prostrata

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. as Dissotis rotundifolia var. prostrata

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Flora of Malawi: Heterotis prostrata
Flora of Zambia: Heterotis prostrata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Heterotis prostrata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Heterotis prostrata
African Plant Database: Heterotis prostrata
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Heterotis prostrata
JSTOR Plant Science: Heterotis prostrata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Heterotis prostrata
Plants of the World Online: Heterotis prostrata
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Wikipedia: Heterotis prostrata

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: Heterotis prostrata.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142590, retrieved 3 March 2024

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