Sanicula elata Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don

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Sanicula elata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa

Sanicula elata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa

Sanicula elata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Sanicula europaea sensu Sond.
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Status: Native
Erect short-lived entirely hairless perennial herb, up to 80 cm tall. Leaves broadly ovate to pentagonal in outline, up to 14 cm wide, more or less deeply palmately divided with up to 5 divisions, each lobe often lobed or divided again; margin serrate with mucronate tips to the teeth. Basal leaves with long petioles, up to 30 cm long; leaves along the stem similar but gradually much smaller. Flowers in umbels with 2-3 rays; partial umbels 4-7-flowered, white to greenish-yellow. Fruit shortly ovoid, 2 × 3 mm, densely covered in short hooked spines.
Derivation of specific name: elata: tall, high
Habitat: Near streams in moist shady situations.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Friday 30 January 2009

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 67. (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 565 - 566. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 48.

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 24.

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 18.

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Plants of the World Online: Sanicula elata
Tropicos: Sanicula elata
Wikipedia: Sanicula elata

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: Sanicula elata., retrieved 8 December 2023

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