Dissotis johnstoniana Baker f.
var. johnstoniana

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Dissotis johnstoniana var. johnstoniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Namuli peak, Serra de Gurue

Dissotis johnstoniana var. johnstoniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Namuli peak, Serra de Gurue

Dissotis johnstoniana var. johnstoniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Namuli peak, Serra de Gurue

Dissotis johnstoniana var. johnstoniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Namuli peak, Serra de Gurue

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Much-branched shrub, 1.5-3 m high. Branches bluntly 4-angled, often purplish and bristly hairy near the apex. Leaves concentrated along the apical part of the branches, opposite, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 5.5-14 cm long, 5-7-veined, dark green to purplish above and rough, bristly hairy above, much paler yellowish-green and much more sparsely hairy beneath; margin minutely denticulate-ciliate; petiole up to 2.5 cm long. Inflorescences in terminal, pyramidal branched heads up to 24 cm long. Flowers 5-merous,deep-violet to blackish-purple.
Derivation of specific name: johnstonii: after Sir Henry (Harry) Hamilton Johnston (1858-1927), British administrator and explorer, who collected flora and fauna specimens in many parts of Africa. His best known discovery likely is the okapi, which he first found and
Habitat: Rocky margins of forest and montane grassland.
Altitude range: 1800 - 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Mt Mulanje in Malawi and Mt Namuli in Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: Z
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Tuesday 18 September 2012

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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 705. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 86.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1961). Contribution to the knowledge of the MELASTOMATOIDEAE of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Kirkia 1 Page 72.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 255 - 256.

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 21.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 120.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 356.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dissotis johnstoniana
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dissotis johnstoniana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dissotis johnstoniana
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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: Dissotis johnstoniana var. johnstoniana.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=192010, retrieved 5 August 2020

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