Carphalea pubescens (Klotzsch) Verdc.

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Carphalea pubescens

Photo: Warren McCleland
Quisanga, Cabo Delgado.

Carphalea pubescens

Photo: Warren McCleland
Quisanga, Cabo Delgado.

Carphalea pubescens

Photo: Warren McCleland
Quisanga, Cabo Delgado.

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Synonyms: Dirichletia pubescens Klotzsch
Common names: Cups-and-saucers (English)
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed shrub, rarely a small tree. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, lanceolate or narrowly elliptic with about 6 pairs of distinct lateral veins, glabrous except for hairs on the mid-rib and veins below. Stipules with 3-5 apical bristles. Flowers in dense terminal heads, white to greenish-white, corolla tube with long yellowish hairs in the throat. Calyx conspicuous, asymmetrical, saucer-shaped. Fruit obconical, ribbed crowned by the enlarged calyx lobes.
Derivation of specific name: pubescens: pubescent, with soft short hairs
Habitat: In sandy or stony soils in hot, dry areas of open woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Caprivi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N,T
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Content last updated: Saturday 18 July 2015

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 913. As Dirichletia pubescens (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 609.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 274.

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 71.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 101. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 96.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 83 - 84. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Carphalea pubescens
Flora of Caprivi: Carphalea pubescens
Flora of Malawi: Carphalea pubescens
Flora of Zambia: Carphalea pubescens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Carphalea pubescens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Carphalea pubescens
African Plant Database: Carphalea pubescens
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GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Carphalea pubescens
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Carphalea pubescens
JSTOR Plant Science: Carphalea pubescens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Carphalea pubescens
Plants of the World Online: Carphalea pubescens
Tropicos: Carphalea pubescens
Wikipedia: Carphalea pubescens

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: Carphalea pubescens., retrieved 15 June 2024

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