Pentanisia angustifolia (Hochst.) Hochst.

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Pentanisia angustifolia

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Kruin Park Nature Reserve, Pretoria

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Synonyms: Diotocarpus angustifolius Hochst.
Pentanisia variabilis Harv. var. glaucescens Cruse ex Sond.
Common names: Narrow-leaved pentanisia (English)
Status: Native
Erect or prostrate plant to 20-60 cm tall. Stems glabrous or hairy arising from a woody rootstock. Leaves with the ratio of length to width in the range of 6.3-54, linear to lanceolate or oblong, glabrous or margins ciliate. Stipules of 3-5 linear segments. Main inflorescence terminal, a head or short spike, becoming a spike up to 9 cm long; peduncle elongating in fruit. Foliaceous calyx lobe 4-10 mm long. Corolla blue or violet-blue; lobes 3.5-5 mm long. Ovary 2-locular. Fruit black, obcordate, laterally compressed, consisting of 2 cocci.
Derivation of specific name: angustifolia: narrow-leaved
Habitat: Herb layer of Androstachys woodland
Altitude range: Up to 800 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique and northeastern South Africa
Mozambique distribution: M
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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 July 2018

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Page 59.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pentanisia angustifolia
African Plant Database: Pentanisia angustifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pentanisia angustifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pentanisia angustifolia
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pentanisia angustifolia
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pentanisia angustifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pentanisia angustifolia
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Pentanisia angustifolia., retrieved 30 November 2022

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