Ruellia cordata Thunb.

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Ruellia cordata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Grassland above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt. Gorongosa

Ruellia cordata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Grassland above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt. Gorongosa

Ruellia cordata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa

Ruellia cordata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Nhabawa to Chikukwa, Chimanimani National Reserve

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Synonyms: Ruellia ovata C.B.Clarke (p.p.)
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, usually less than 40 cm high, Stems 4-angled, branching from near the base. Leaves opposite, very shortly petiolate, ovate, often cordate at the base; margin entire, ciliate hairy. Flowers mostly solitary axillary, c. 2-2.5 cm in diameter, purple-blue, mauve, pinkish or white.
Derivation of specific name: cordata: heart-shaped or cordate
Habitat: Grassland and woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Limpopo, North-West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Freestate, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
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Insects associated with this species: Junonia hierta cebrene (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Saturday 2 June 2012

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

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 302. (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 15.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 19.

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 141.

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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: Ruellia cordata., retrieved 23 March 2023

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