Chascanum angolense Moldenke
subsp. zambesiacum (R. Fern.) R. Fern.

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Chascanum angolense subsp. zambesiacum

Photo: Theo van der Merwe
10 kms south of the Temane gas works, Bokplaas Farm, near Inhassoro

Chascanum angolense subsp. zambesiacum

Photo: Theo van der Merwe
10 kms south of the Temane gas works, Bokplaas Farm, near Inhassoro

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Synonyms: Plexipus angolensis (Moldenke) R. Fern. subsp. zambesiacus R. Fern.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Shrub or perennial herb, up to 1.2 m tall. Indumentum (except on corolla) of uniformly short bristles interspersed with long white shaggy hairs and without gland-tipped hairs. Stem woody with ascending straight leafy branches. Leaves distinctly petiolate: lamina up to 6 × 2.2 cm, ovate-oblong or elliptic, regularly serrate in the upper half to two-thirds, entire below; apex acute or obtuse; base cuneate; petiole up to 1.5 cm long. Spikes 14-25 cm (elongating to 45 cm in fruit), terminal, straight, many-flowered with the calyces appressed to the inflorescence axis. Bracteoles 0. Calyx 13.5-14 mm long at anthesis. Corolla white; tube c. 30 mm, slender, abruptly expanded into a flat limb. Mericarps c. 5.5 mm long, separating from one another when ripe, each with an oblique pit at the base.
Derivation of specific name: angolense: from Angola; zambesiacum of the Zambezi region.
Habitat: Grassland and thickets near rivers
Altitude range: Up to 200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 12 March 2014

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 95.

Fernandes, R. (2005). Verbenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 45 - 46.

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Flora of Malawi: Chascanum angolense subsp. zambesiacum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chascanum angolense
African Plant Database: Chascanum angolense
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JSTOR Plant Science: Chascanum angolense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chascanum angolense
Plants of the World Online: Chascanum angolense
Tropicos: Chascanum angolense
Wikipedia: Chascanum angolense

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: Chascanum angolense subsp. zambesiacum., retrieved 8 December 2023

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