Pachycarpus bisacculatus (Oliv.) Goyder

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Pachycarpus bisacculatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Soccerfield clearing at Nhabawa Village, bufferzone Chimanimani National Park.

Pachycarpus bisacculatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Soccerfield clearing at Nhabawa Village, bufferzone Chimanimani National Park.

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Synonyms: Gomphocarpus bisacculatus Oliv.
Pachycarpus lineolatus sensu Bullock non Decne.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual stems, growing from a cluster of fleshy tubers. Stem erect or ascending, usually single, unbranched, up to 1.5 m tall, sometimes branching near the base, densely pubescent with spreading white hairs. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, lanceolate, ovate to oblong, up to 12 × 7 cm, with slightly rough spreading white hairs on both surfaces, cordate or truncate at the base; margin with minute rough hairs. Inflorescences terminal and extra-axillary, 4-8(-14)-flowered secund umbels. Corolla spreading to saucer-shaped, brownish-purple and densely pubescent outside, pale green with purple-brown lines inside. Lobes up to 15 × 10 mm, ovate, pointed, minutely papillate and with short hairs towards the apex and margins. Corona lobes cream or pink with a purple tip, almost as broad as long apparently folded into a pouch, lower than the staminal column. Follicle erect on a twisted pedicel, up to 12 × 7 cm, ovoid or fusiform, usually inflated, without wings or ridges, pubescent.
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Habitat: In seasonally waterlogged grassland and in Brachystegia or mixed deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: 100 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Guinea Bissau to Sudan and Ethiopia and South to Angola Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
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Content last updated: Monday 20 December 2021

Goyder, D.J. (1998). A revision of Pachycarpus E. Mey. in tropical Africa with notes on the genus in southern Africa Kew Bulletin 53 Pages 347 - 351. (Includes a picture).

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 305 - 307. (Includes a picture).

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 21.

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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: Pachycarpus bisacculatus., retrieved 18 May 2024

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