Pemphis acidula J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.

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Pemphis acidula

Photo: Warren McCleland
Just north of Quiterajo

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Warren McCleland
Just north of Quiterajo

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Warren McCleland
23 km south-east of Inhassoro

Pemphis acidula

Photo: Warren McCleland
23 km south-east of Inhassoro

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Synonyms: Lythrum pemphis L. f.
Melanium fruticosum Spreng.
Common names: Gama (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree; branches with thickened leaf nodes. Leaves opposite, ovate-oblong to linear-lanceolate, 1-3.2 CM long, the single vein prominent beneath. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils on pedicels 5-13 mm long. Calyx with a 12-grooved tube 4-7 mm long and short erect lobes c. 2 mm long. Petals 6, obovate, shortly clawed, 6 mm long, white or rarely violet. Capsule c. 5 mm in diameter.
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Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On dunes and coral rocks, in and along the fringes of mangrove swamps.
Altitude range: Up to 10 m
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Widespread along the coasts of East Africa, Asia and Australia.
Mozambique distribution: N,GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 14 June 2018
Literature:

Beentje, H. & Bandeira, S. (2007). Field Guide to the Mangrove trees of Africa and Madagascar Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK ISBN 978-184246-135-8 Pages 62 - 63. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 656. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, A. (1978). Lythraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 281 - 282. (Includes a picture).

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


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: Pemphis acidula.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=182230, retrieved 27 January 2020

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