Laportea interrupta (L.) Chew

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Laportea interrupta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Inhamitanga Forest Reserve, Cheringoma

Laportea interrupta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Inhamitanga Forest Reserve, Cheringoma

Laportea interrupta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Inhamitanga Forest Reserve, Cheringoma

Laportea interrupta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Inhamitanga Forest Reserve, Cheringoma

Laportea interrupta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Laportea interrupta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Laportea interrupta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Laportea interrupta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Boehmeria interrupta (L.) Willd.
Fleurya interrupta (L.) Gaudich
Urtica interrupta L.
Urtica lomatocarpa Steud.
Common names:
Frequency: Local and rare in Mozambique.
Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb up to c. 1 m tall. Stinging hairs normally few, mostly along the upper part of the stem. Leaves broadly ovate, somewhat hairy on both sides with few stinging hairs; lateral veins 3-6 pairs; margin serrate with c.15 teeth on each side; petiole 5-8 cm long; stipules linear, 3-5 mm long. Inflorescences bisexual in the upper leaf axils or just above the soil in axils of fallen leaves, appearing like interrupted spikes, up to 30 cm long, with clusters of flowers c.1 cm in diameter, male flowers appearing before female flowers.
Notes: The record in the images are only the second and third records for Mozambique and the Flora Zambesiaca area. In our region apparently only known from the Inhamitanga Forest.
Derivation of specific name: interrupta: interrupted, referring to the interrupted spike-like inflorescences.
Habitat: In low altitude riverine and evergreen forest, in shade along roadsides and in disturbed areas.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Almost pantropical.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 10 May 2018
Literature:

Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 88 - 91. (Includes a picture).

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Laportea interrupta
African Plant Database: Laportea interrupta
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Laportea interrupta
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Laportea interrupta
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Laportea interrupta
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Laportea interrupta
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Laportea interrupta
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Laportea interrupta
iNaturalist: Laportea interrupta
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Laportea interrupta
JSTOR Plant Science: Laportea interrupta
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Laportea interrupta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Laportea interrupta
Plants of the World Online: Laportea interrupta
The Plant List (version 1.1): Laportea interrupta
Tropicos: Laportea interrupta
Wikipedia: Laportea interrupta


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Laportea interrupta.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=176100, retrieved 27 January 2020

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