Triainolepis sancta Verdc.

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Triainolepis sancta

Photo: Warren McCleland
Just South of Inhassoro

Triainolepis sancta

Photo: Warren McCleland
Just South of Inhassoro

Triainolepis sancta

Photo: Warren McCleland
Just South of Inhassoro

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Common names:
Frequency: Very local.
Status: Native
Shrub, 1-2 m high. Leaves opposite, closely spaced, sessile, ovate-elliptic to narrowly elliptic-oblong, 1.3-5.4 cm long, leathery to slightly fleshy, hairless; stipules with 3 narrow, pointed lobes 1-2 mm long. Inflorescences in c. 3 cm long heads, densely pubescent. Corolla white or possibly pink(?), densely hairy at the throat. Fruit c. 6.5 mm in diameter, purple.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In open coastal woodland and scrub on sandy soil.
Altitude range: 0 - 15 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from a small coastal area in Inhambane Province, Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Monday 15 August 2016

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 913. (Includes a picture).

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 94.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Page 50.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Triainolepis sancta
African Plant Database: Triainolepis sancta
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Triainolepis sancta
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Triainolepis sancta
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JSTOR Plant Science: Triainolepis sancta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Triainolepis sancta
Plants of the World Online: Triainolepis sancta
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Wikipedia: Triainolepis sancta

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: Triainolepis sancta., retrieved 29 September 2023

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