Thunbergia stelligera Lindau

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Thunbergia stelligera

Photo: Bart Wursten
± 2 km from Condué - Inhaminga road on Gorongosa road.

Thunbergia stelligera

Photo: Bart Wursten
± 2 km from Condué - Inhaminga road on Gorongosa road.

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Common names:
Frequency: Uncommon
Status: Native
Semi-woody liane or climbing shrub up to 8 m tall; young branches 4-angled to narrowly winged. Leaves opposite, more ore less broadly elliptic, up to 11-15 cm long, dark green, glossy, hairless; margin entire; petiole up to 3 cm long, stellate hairy at the base. Flowers solitary or sometimes appearing as a raceme by reduction of the leaves towards the apex of the branches; pedicels 1.5-2.5 cm long, hairless. Calyx cupular with irregular short lobes. Corolla white with a yellow to apricot throat; tube up to 4 cm long, with sessile glands and stellate hairy outside. Capsule 2-2.7 cm long, densely yellowish velvety.
Derivation of specific name: stelligera: with stellate hairs.
Habitat: In coastal miombo woodland or forest.
Altitude range: 20 - 500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
Growth form(s): Liane, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 2 September 2018

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 889. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 23.

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Thunbergia stelligera
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Thunbergia stelligera
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Thunbergia stelligera
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Thunbergia stelligera
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iNaturalist: Thunbergia stelligera
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Thunbergia stelligera
JSTOR Plant Science: Thunbergia stelligera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Thunbergia stelligera
Plants of the World Online: Thunbergia stelligera
Tropicos: Thunbergia stelligera
Wikipedia: Thunbergia stelligera

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: Thunbergia stelligera., retrieved 12 December 2023

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