Pentas purpurea Oliv.
subsp. purpurea

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Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau near Nhamassa River, lower slopes Chimanimani Mts.

Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau near Nhamassa River, lower slopes Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Pentas stolzii K. Schum. & K. Krause
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Status: Native
Erect perennial herb, up to 1.3m tall, with 1-4 unbranched stems growing from a woody rootstock, occurring in various types of grassland and open woodland. Leaves opposite, 3-15 cm long, oblong-lanceolate, elliptic or ovate, pubescent above and bristly hairy on the veins below; petiole very short or absent. Flowers in spherical heads, pale to deep purple-blue. Fruit a capsule, c. 4 × 3 mm, with a short blunt beak.
Derivation of specific name: purpurea: purple
Habitat: In various types of grassland and open woodland.
Altitude range: 780 - 2100 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
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Content last updated: Monday 30 September 2013

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 112 - 113. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 248.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 43. As Pentas purpurea

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 73.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 166.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 76 - 77.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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Flora of Malawi: Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pentas purpurea
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JSTOR Plant Science: Pentas purpurea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pentas purpurea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pentas purpurea
Plants of the World Online: Pentas purpurea
Tropicos: Pentas purpurea
Wikipedia: Pentas purpurea

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: Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea., retrieved 15 August 2022

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