Hypoestes triflora (Forssk.) Roem. & Schult.

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Hypoestes triflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Hypoestes triflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Hypoestes triflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Hypoestes triflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Hypoestes triflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Hypoestes consanguinea Lindau
Hypoestes kilimandscharica Lindau
Hypoestes phaylopsoides S. Moore
Hypoestes rosea sensu Clarke p.p. non P. Beauv.
Justicia triflora Forssk.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Creeping or scrambling herb, usually perennial, with stems up to 3 mlong,often rooting at the lower nodes. Leaves ovate, elliptic or lanceolate, 1.5-14 cm long, one leaf in an opposite pair larger than the other, margin, crenate-serrate or almost entire; petiole 0.7-6 cm long. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, clusters 1-4-flowered,sometimes together forming verticils at the end of the stem. Bracts leaf-like, ovate to oblanceolate, up to 20 mm long; bracteoles broadly obovate to oblong-elliptic, 7.5-18.5 mm long, one in a pair larger than the other, variously hairy, sometimes only on the margins. Calyx divided almost to the base, 5-lobed with lobes linear-lanceolate, 2-8 mm long. Corolla 17-32 mm long, 2-lipped, white to mauve with dark purple markings. Capsule 10.5-15-5 mm long, finely velvety towards the apex.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: triflora: with 3 flowers, not an exact reference to the number of flowers together in a cluster.
Habitat: In clearings and along margins of montane forest, in dense scrub along streams or roadsides and in riverine forest.
Altitude range: 1100 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical africa, Swaziland and South Africa but oddly absent from the mountains of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Also in southern Arabia, India to China and Thailand.
Mozambique distribution: Z
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 26 September 2018
Literature:

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 296 - 298.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 19.

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

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Flora of Malawi: Hypoestes triflora
Flora of Zambia: Hypoestes triflora

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Hypoestes triflora.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=214320, retrieved 14 December 2018

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