Thespesia mossambicensis (Exell & Hillc.) Fryxell

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Thespesia mossambicensis

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Murrebue Village, Cabo Delgado.

Thespesia mossambicensis

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Murrebue Village, Cabo Delgado.

Thespesia mossambicensis

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Pemba Town

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Synonyms: Thespesiopsis mossambicensis Exell & Hillc.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree up to 6 m tall; branchlets greyish-brown, appressed woolly when young. Leaves suborbicular or broadly ovate, 2–8·5 cm long and wide, 5-7-veined from a usually cordate base, sparsely woolly or hairless above, appressed-stellate woolly beneath, becoming hairless; margin entire; petiole 1–6 cm long, woolly. Flowers in 1-3-flowered clusters, c. 4·5 cm in diameter, yellow, turning reddish with age, stellate-pubescent outside; pedicels 5–8 mm long, woolly. Epicalyx of 3 linear bracts c. 2·5 mm long. Calyx cup-shaped, 8–10 mm long, with 5 minute teeth. Fruit depressed-globose, 12 mm long and 15 mm wide, red, hairless.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique.
Habitat: Wooded coastal vegetation.
Altitude range: 100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from northeastern Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status: Endemic
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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).

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. As Thespesiopsis mossambicensis

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 90.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 423 - 424. As Thespesiopsis mossambicensis (Includes a picture).

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

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 mossambicensis., retrieved 5 December 2023

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