Thunbergia oblongifolia Oliv.

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Thunbergia oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower northwestern slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Thunbergia oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower northwestern slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Thunbergia oblongifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower northwestern slopes Mt Gorongosa.

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Synonyms: Thunbergia lancifolia sensu Mapaura & Timberlake non T. Anderson
Common names: Early blue thunbergia (English)
Perennial herb with stems to 70 cm, arising from a woody rootstock. Leaves: lamina 3-11 cm, lanceolate to elliptic or obovate. Flowers solitary; pedicels glabrous to pubescent; bracteoles glabrous to puberulous with non-glandular hairs. Calyx 1-3 mm long; lobes broadly triangular. Corolla limb blue to dark blue or mauve, rarely white; lower part of tube white to pale yellow. Capsule with beak 2 cm long. Seeds with lateral wing.
Derivation of specific name: oblongifolia: with oblong leaves
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Burundi, DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution:
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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 15. as Thunbergia lancifolia

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 130, plate 171

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 44.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Thunbergia oblongifolia
Flora of Zambia: Thunbergia oblongifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Thunbergia oblongifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Thunbergia oblongifolia
African Plant Database: Thunbergia oblongifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Thunbergia oblongifolia
Plants of the World Online: Thunbergia oblongifolia
Tropicos: Thunbergia oblongifolia
Wikipedia: Thunbergia oblongifolia

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: Thunbergia oblongifolia., retrieved 2 October 2023

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