Achyrospermum carvalhi Gürke
var. carvalhi

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Achyrospermum carvalhi var. carvalhi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

Achyrospermum carvalhi var. carvalhi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

Achyrospermum carvalhi var. carvalhi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slope above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Achyrospermum radicans Gürke
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Status: Native
Soft-wooded shrub, up to 3.5 m. Leaves opposite, ovate to elliptic, 8-20 cm long, thinly textured, hairy or velvety, particularly below, apex narrowing into a drip tip; margin shallowly serrate. Flowers in short axillary racemes, usually on the nodes below the new leaves, up to 2 cm long, bright deep, hairy. Fruit consisting of 4 nutlets, hidden by the persistent calyx.
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Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 650 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 839. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 995. as A. carvalhi

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 21. Achyrospermum carvalhi

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 54. as A. carvalhi

Paton, A.J. et al. (2009). Lamiaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 34.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 32 - 33.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 73.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 294.

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Flora of Malawi: Achyrospermum carvalhi var. carvalhi
Flora of Zambia: Achyrospermum carvalhi var. carvalhi
Flora of Zimbabwe: Achyrospermum carvalhi var. carvalhi

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Achyrospermum carvalhi
African Plant Database: Achyrospermum carvalhi
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Achyrospermum carvalhi
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Achyrospermum carvalhi
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Achyrospermum carvalhi
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Achyrospermum carvalhi
Plants of the World Online: Achyrospermum carvalhi
Tropicos: Achyrospermum carvalhi
Wikipedia: Achyrospermum carvalhi

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Achyrospermum carvalhi var. carvalhi., retrieved 8 August 2022

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