Astripomoea malvacea (Klotzsch) A. Meeuse
var. parviflora (Rendle) Staples

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Astripomoea malvacea var. parviflora

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Railway crossing at entrance rd to Lake Chivero RP

Astripomoea malvacea var. parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Railway crossing at entrance rd to Lake Chivero RP

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Synonyms: Astripomoea malvacea (Klotzsch) A. Meeuse var. volkensii (Dammer) Verdc.
Astrochlaena ledermannii Pilger
Astrochlaena magisii De Wild.
Astrochlaena menispermoides Standl.
Astrochlaena mildbraedii Pilger
Astrochlaena phillipsiae (Baker) Rendle
Astrochlaena rotundata (Pilger) Meeuse
Astrochlaena stuhlmannii Hall. f. var. parviflora Rendle
Astrochlaena volkensii Dammer
Atrochlaena rotundata Pilger
Convolvulus phillipsiae Baker
Common names: Common star-creeper (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual creeping and trailing stems, growing from a woody rootstock. All parts of the plant, except the corollas are covered with stellate hairs. Leaves ovate-circular, usually less than 4 cm long, more or less cordate at the base. Flowers in 1-few-flowered axillary clusters. Sepals lanceolate to almost circular, up to 10 mm long. Corolla funnel-shaped with a narrow tube, mauve-pink to purple. Capsule subglobose, hairless.
Notes: The flowers are short-lived, opening in the morning and fading by the end of the day.
Var. malvacea is distinguished by its more erect, bushy habit and the larger leaves (more than 4 cm in length).
Derivation of specific name: malvaceae: resembling a Malva (Malvaceae).
parviflora: small-flowered.
Habitat: Woodland, open woodland, grassland, roadsides and cultivated ground, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,M
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Content last updated: Saturday 17 May 2008

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 51 - 54.

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 36.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 42.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. As A. malvacea Pages 95 - 129. As A. malvacea (Includes a picture).

Staples, G.W., Buril, M.T. & Simões, A.R. (2015). Nomenclatural corrections in Convolvulaceae diversae Phytologia 97(3) Page 219.

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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: Astripomoea malvacea var. parviflora., retrieved 1 April 2023

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