Crabbea velutina S. Moore

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Crabbea velutina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mpawe Village,Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Crabbea velutina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mpawe Village,Coutada 12, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Crabbea reticulata C.B. Clarke
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Erect or suberect, perennial herb. Leaves winged, petiolate, broadly ovate; margin serrate. Inflorescences densely clustered on peduncles 1-9 cm long. Flowers white with a yellow centre, borne amongst large leaf-like bracts with spiny margins.
Notes: It differs from C. cirsioides by the more erect habit and the normally much longer pedunculate inflorescences. Occasionally peduncles in this species may be short but it can also be recognized by the dorsal calyx lobe which is 2-3 mm wide and distinctly wider than the other lobes.
Derivation of specific name: velutina: velvety
Habitat: In many types of woodland, grassland, riverine forest and on rocky hills.
Altitude range: 100 - 1300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Caprivi-Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 10 May 2018

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 18.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 13 - 15. (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 13.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 14. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 18.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 194.

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Flora of Botswana: Crabbea velutina
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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: Crabbea velutina., retrieved 24 July 2024

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