Adenostemma mauritianum DC.

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Adenostemma mauritianum

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Lavenia erecta Sieber
Common names:
Status: Native
Ascending perennial herb, up to 1.2 m high, rooting at the base; stem somewhat fleshy, hairless or sparsely pubescent towards the apex. Leaves broadly triangular to ovate, up to 16 cm long, blade running into the petiole as narrow wings, dark green above, paler beneath, almost hairless or with a few scabrid hairs; margin toothed or crenate; petiole up to 7.5 cm long. Inflorescence branched with terminal capitula 4-10 mm in diameter; capitula stalks 1.2-5 cm long, densely pubescent; involucral bracts, narrowly elliptic-oblong, 4-5 mm long, green, sparsely pubescent. Florets 21-28, 2-3 mm long, white; style 3.5-4 mm long. Achenes 2.5-4 mm long, smooth (never tuberculate), hairless or with a few minute glands; pappus of 3-4 pegs, c. 1 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: mauritianum: of Mauritius
Habitat: In forest clearings and margins and high rainfall woodland.
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Flowering time:(Aug)
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands.
Mozambique distribution:
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Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 823 - 824. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3.

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 23.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 72.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Adenostemma mauritianum
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adenostemma mauritianum
African Plant Database: Adenostemma mauritianum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Adenostemma mauritianum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Adenostemma mauritianum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adenostemma mauritianum
Plants of the World Online: Adenostemma mauritianum
Tropicos: Adenostemma mauritianum
Wikipedia: Adenostemma mauritianum

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: Adenostemma mauritianum., retrieved 24 April 2024

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