Thespesia populnea (L.) Sol. ex Corrêa

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Synonyms: Hibiscus populneus L.
Common names: Lagoon tulip-tree (English) Portia tree (English)
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Status: Native
Description:
Multi-trunked tree to 12 m tall; branchlets and young leaves green. Leaves petiolate: lamina ovate to triangular, usually longer than broad, mostly cordate at base with the sinus generally narrow and deep, palmately 5–9-nerved, lepidote beneath. Pedicels erect, mostly 1–5.5 cm long, articulated near or above the base. Bracteoles 3. Corolla yellow with a red spot at the base, densely lepidote outside. Capsule indehiscent, lepidote. Seeds with tapering hairs.
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Derivation of specific name: populneus: from the Latin populnus, poplar-like, referring to the similarity of the adult leaves to those of European species of poplar.
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Worldwide distribution: Africa, tropical and subtropical Asia to the Pacific.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,M
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Thursday 20 September 2007
Literature:

Areces-Berazain, F. & Ackerman, J. (2020). A revision of Thespesia and allied genera in Tribe Gossypieae (Malvaceae-Malvoideae). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12228-019-09598-5. Brittonia.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 566. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 704.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 421.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Thespesia populnea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Thespesia populnea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Thespesia populnea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Thespesia populnea
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iNaturalist: Thespesia populnea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Thespesia populnea
JSTOR Plant Science: Thespesia populnea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Thespesia populnea
Plants of the World Online: Thespesia populnea
Tropicos: Thespesia populnea
Wikipedia: Thespesia populnea


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: Thespesia populnea.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=168660, retrieved 22 June 2024

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