Ruttya ovata Harv.

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Ruttya ovata

Photo: Ton Rulkens
close to Namaacha, Maputo province

Ruttya ovata

Photo: Ton Rulkens
close to Namaacha, Maputo province

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Synonyms: Duvernoia trichocalyx Lindau
Common names: Ruttya (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub up to 3 m high; older branches greyish with conspicuous up-shaped scars. Leaves opposite, ovate, up 7 cm long, hairless except for a few curly hairs on the midrib; margin more or less wavy; petiole up to 3 mm long. Inflorescences terminal on the branches, densely many-flowered, unbranched. Bracts and calyx lobes filiform up to 1.5 cm long. Corolla c. 20 mm long, white with maroon speckling on the lower lip and in the throat.
Derivation of specific name: ovata: ovate, egg-shaped, referring to the leaves.
Habitat: In coastal bushland.
Altitude range: 50 - 600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, Eswatini and eastern South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 27 October 2016

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Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 388 - 389. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 200 - 201. (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 612 - 613. (Includes a picture).

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 23.

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

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: Ruttya ovata., retrieved 15 June 2024

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