Laportea peduncularis (Wedd.) Chew
subsp. peduncularis

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Laportea peduncularis subsp. peduncularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Laportea peduncularis subsp. peduncularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Laportea peduncularis subsp. peduncularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Laportea peduncularis subsp. peduncularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Laportea peduncularis subsp. peduncularis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Fleurya capensis var. mitis Wedd.
Fleurya mitis Wedd.
Fleurya peduncularis Wedd.
Common names: River nettle (English) Stinging nettle (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual erect or ascending herb with scrambling or almost prostrate stems and erect branches, up to c. 1 m tall. All part with numerous stinging hairs. Leaves ovate, up to c. 10 × 7 cm, with short stiff hairs above and on the veins below, acuminate at the apex; margin serrate with up to 25 teeth each side. Petiole 4-6 cm long. Flowers in sparsely branched panicles in the upper leaf axils, unisexual, usually on the same plant. Male clusters c. 1 cm in diameter, in the lower axils; female clusters c. 6 mm in diameter on short, winged pedicels.
Notes: Distinguished from the similar L. alatipes by the broader, more ovate leaves with fewer teeth and 5-merous male flowers.
Derivation of specific name: peduncularis: stalked.
Habitat: In the understorey of montane evergreen forest, often along paths and rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Almost all year
Worldwide distribution: From Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Hypolimnas deceptor deceptor (Larval food plant)
Hypolimnas anthedon wahlbergi (Larval food plant)
Acraea burni (Larval foodplant)
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Literature:

Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 90 - 94. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 82.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Laportea peduncularis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Laportea peduncularis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Laportea peduncularis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Laportea peduncularis
Tropicos: Laportea peduncularis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Laportea peduncularis subsp. peduncularis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120550, retrieved 21 August 2017

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