Pavetta gracillima S.Moore

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Pavetta gracillima

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Pande, Inhassoro District.

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Synonyms: Pavetta buzica S. Moore
Common names:
Status: Native
Small shrub, scrambling up to 2.5 m but often less than 1.5 m high. Leaves clustered at the ends of branches, often immature at time of flowering, sessile to subsessile, more or less narrowly obovate, base running narrowly down all the way, 2-5.5 cm long, more or less sparsely pubescent on both surfaces or with denser hairs on the midrib beneath; bacterial nodules dot-like, scattered, often rather few or concentrated near the mid rib. Stipules triangular acuminate, c. 2.5 mm long, becoming corky protecting new season's buds. Inflorescences 1-2 cm in diameter (excluding the corollas) on supporting branchlets 1.5-7 cm long with 2 pairs of leaves below the inflorescence. Calyx with a tube c. 1 mm long and linear-triangular lobes 3-6.5 mm long, more or less pubescent. Corolla with a tube 7-14 mm long, not bearded in the throat; lobes 3.5-4.5 mm long. Fruit black 5-6 mm in diameter, crowned with the persistent calyx limb.
Notes: The restricted distribution qualifies this species as a Near-Endemic.
Derivation of specific name: gracillima: very graceful or slender.
Habitat: In Brachystegia, mopane and mixed deciduous woodland, in sand forest and often in shaded gullies or near rivers.
Altitude range: 180 - 610 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to Southeastern Zimbabwe and more or less adjacent areas in Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Friday 19 August 2016

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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 999. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1119. only noted in the keys

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 277.

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.

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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: Pavetta gracillima., retrieved 17 November 2019

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