Plumbago auriculata Lam.

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Plumbago auriculata

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Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Plumbago capensis Thunb.
Common names: Cape leadwort (English)
Status: Introduced
Shrub, sometimes semi-climbing, up to 2 (-4) m. Leaves obovate or elliptic, glabrous above, bearing scales beneath; apex obtuse and mucronate. Peduncles bearing dense short white hairs. Calyx with short white hairs and in addition stalked glands in upper part. Corolla pale blue; lobes obtuse.
Notes: Recorded in FZ as 'possibly wild' in Maputo district
Derivation of specific name: auriculata: with ear-like lobes, auriculate
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Worldwide distribution: Confined to South Africa, occurring from Gauteng and Mpumalanga to the Eastern and Western Cape; widely cultivated elsewhere
Mozambique distribution: M
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
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Insects associated with this species: Leptotes group (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Friday 4 September 2009

Vickery, A.R. (1983). Plumbaginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 184.

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Plumbago auriculata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Plumbago auriculata
African Plant Database: Plumbago auriculata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Plumbago auriculata
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Wikipedia: Plumbago auriculata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Plumbago auriculata., retrieved 1 December 2023

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