Laportea alatipes Hook. f.

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Laportea alatipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern slope above upper Nhamassa River Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Laportea alatipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern slope above upper Nhamassa River Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Laportea alatipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern slope above upper Nhamassa River Valley, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Fleurya alatipes (Hook. f.) N. E. Br.
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Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial herb, up to 1.5 cm tall. All part with numerous stinging hairs. Leaves ovate 8-15 cm long, acuminate at the apex; margin coarsely serrate with 25-35 teeth each side. Flowers in axillary panicles, unisexual, normally on the same plant. Male flowers in the axils of the lower leaves; female flowers in fan-shaped clusters; panicles up to 20 cm long in the axils of the upper leaves.
Derivation of specific name: alatipes: with a winged foot, referring to the winged pedicels of the female flowers.
Habitat: Occurring in the understory of montane evergreen forest, growing in shade on the forest floor.
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Cameroon to Ethiopia and south to Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 February 2009

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 280. (Includes a picture).

Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 90 - 93. (Includes a picture).

Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66(2) Page 250.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 182.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Laportea alatipes., retrieved 27 October 2016

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