Emicocarpus fissifolius K.Schum. & Schltr.

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Synonyms: Lobostephanus palmatus N.E.Br
Common names:
Frequency: Rare and local
Status: Native
Prostrate creeping herb with stems up to 1.3 m long. Leaves more or less ovate in outline, deeply palmately dissected, up to 4 cm long, hairless except for the margins; upper leaves more linear with only small lateral teeth at the base; petiole c. 5 mm long. Inflorescences extra-axillary, umbelliform on peduncles 1-2 cm long; pedicels 2-3 mm long, both pubescent along one line. Sepals oblong, c. 1 mm long, hairless. Corolla cream or tinged with red, lobed almost to the base; lobes mostly reflexed at flowering time, oblong, c. 2 mm long. Follicles solitary, c. 1 cm long, with triangular distal projections, hairless, indehiscent.
Notes: This species is known from only few specimens at five localities all within the city limits of Maputo. Some of these localities have now been heavily cultivated.
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Habitat: On sandy ground.
Altitude range: 30 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Southern Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: M
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 80.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 230 - 232. (Includes a picture).

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 26.

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

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: Emicocarpus fissifolius.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=232860, retrieved 8 December 2023

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