Achyrospermum cryptanthum Baker

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Achyrospermum cryptanthum

Photo: Penny English
Near the road that goes to Fingira rock, Nyika NP.

Achyrospermum cryptanthum

Photo: Penny English
Near the road that goes to Fingira rock, Nyika NP.

Achyrospermum cryptanthum

Photo: Penny English
Near the road that goes to Fingira rock, Nyika NP.

Achyrospermum cryptanthum

Photo: Penny English
Near the road that goes to Fingira rock, Nyika NP.

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Synonyms: Achyrospermum aethiopicum sensu White, For. Fl. N. Rhod, non Welw.
Achyrospermum nyassanum Baker
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Woody perennial herb or shrub up to 3 m tall, smelling of peppermint when crushed. Stems with hairs mostly appressed and directed upwards. Leaves petiolate: lamina ovate-elliptic to broadly elliptic, pubescent; apex acuminate. Inflorescence terminal, dense, 3-14 cm long; bracts 6-12 mm long, numerous, ovate to oblate with apex acuminate to long-caudate. Corolla pink with a white centre, 9-10 mm long; upper lip 2-2.5mm long; lower lip 4.5-6 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: cryptanthum: from Greek: cryptos meaning hidden and anthos, flower; referring perhaps to the shortly-exserted corollas.
Habitat: In montane forest and associated bushland.
Altitude range: 1800 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N
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Content last updated: Saturday 9 May 2020
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 183. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 21.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Page 34.

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


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: Achyrospermum cryptanthum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=189320, retrieved 24 September 2020

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