Leptactina benguelensis (Welw. ex Benth. & Hook. f.) R. D. Good
subsp. pubescens Verdc.

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Leptactina benguelensis subsp. pubescens

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Niassa Game Reserve

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Common names: Ivory carpet (English)
Status: Native
A prostrate species, which may form extensive carpets. Leaves oblong-elliptic to somewhat oblanceolate, more or less densely pubescent beneath. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered terminal and subterminal clusters, fragrant. Corolla white; tube 2.5-6.5 cm long, densely pubescent on the outside; lobes spreading, up to 4 cm long. Fruit ellipsoid, orange when ripe, crowned with the long linear calyx lobes.
Notes: Flowering is activated by the first rains.
Derivation of specific name: benguelensis: after the Benguella region of Angola
Habitat: In rocky areas of Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 450 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From DRC and Tanzania, south to Angola and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
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Content last updated: Monday 16 February 2015

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 542 - 543.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 245. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 986. (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 72.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 132, plate 173

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Leptactina benguelensis subsp. pubescens.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155190, retrieved 20 November 2019

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