Pavonia columella Cav.

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Pavonia columella

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Pavonia galpiniana Schinz
Pavonia meyeri Mast.
Pavonia mollis E. Mey. ex Harv.
Common names: Pink pavonia (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Soft shrubby perennial, usually less than 2 m. Most parts covered in soft, sticky hairs, not irritant. Leaves shallowly 3-7-lobed, rounded, unpleasantly aromatic when crushed. Flowers pale pink in small axillary clusters.
Notes: This species is superficially similar to Pavonia urens, which is a much more robust plant covered with sharp, irritant hairs.
Derivation of specific name: columella: with a small column
Habitat: Higher rainfall areas; at the margins of evergreen and riverine forest
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Almost throughout year
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa as far as Eastern Cape. Also in RĂ©union and introduced in Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 24 November 2005

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 92 - 93. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 259.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 119.


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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: Pavonia columella., retrieved 29 May 2016

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