Thespesia acutiloba (Baker f.) Exell & Mendonç.

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Thespesia acutiloba

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Inhaca Island

Thespesia acutiloba

Photo: Ton Rulkens
close to Xai-Xai, Gaza Province.

Thespesia acutiloba

Photo: Ton Rulkens
close to Xai-Xai, Gaza Province.

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Synonyms: Thespesia populnea (L.) Sol. ex Corrêa var. acutiloba Baker f.
Common names: Small-leaved tulip-tree (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, 2-5 m tall. Leaves: lamina broadly ovate to subcircular in outline, 3-lobed (rarely entire), lepidote above and beneath; 5-veined from the base; margin entire; base truncate or shallowly cordate. Flowers solitary and axillary or forming terminal racemes or panicles. Epicalyx bracts 3-5, linear to subulate, caducous. Petals up to 4.5 × 3 cm, obovate. Fruit c. 15 mm in diameter, subspherical, red, hairless, ± fleshy.
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Habitat: In woodland and thickets on recent coastal sands
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Worldwide distribution: Coastal Mozambique and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Monday 6 January 2020

Areces-Berazain, F. & Ackerman, J. (2020). A revision of Thespesia and allied genera in Tribe Gossypieae (Malvaceae-Malvoideae). Brittonia.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 565. (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.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 85.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 421 - 423. (Includes a picture).

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

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: Thespesia acutiloba., retrieved 7 December 2023

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