Melhania acuminata Mast.
var. acuminata

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Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by Mutare - Birchenough Bridge Rd

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by Mutare - Birchenough Bridge Rd

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by Mutare - Birchenough Bridge Rd

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by Mutare - Birchenough Bridge Rd

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by Mutare - Birchenough Bridge Rd

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipinda Pools tented camp, Gonarhezou National Park.

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipinda Pools tented camp, Gonarhezou National Park.

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Synonyms: Melhania velutina sensu Exell & Mendonça
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Much-branched perennial shrubby herb, up to 60 cm tall. Most parts covered in silvery-grey indumentum. Leaves ovate-oblong to ovate, up to 11 cm long, somewhat discolorous, silvery hairy on both surfaces, particularly beneath; margin serrate. Flowers 1-3 together in the axils on a peduncle up to 9 cm long, bright yellow. Epicalyx bracts long-acuminate to caudate. Style 7-11 mm long.
See var. agnosta for comparison.
Notes: This species is very closely related to Melhania forbesii but can be distinguished by the long acuminate to caudate epicalyx bracts and the much longer style. M. forbesii also has a more rusty-brown indumentum. Possible hybrids between the 2 species have been recorded. These usually show epicalyx bracts like M. forbesii but styles of intermediate length.
Derivation of specific name: acuminata: with a long, drawn-out point or acuminate, referring to the epicalyx lobes.
Habitat: In open deciduous woodland and Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Jan - May
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 19 March 2012
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 112.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 260 - 261. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 220. (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 80.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 75.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 77, plate 104

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 107.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 227. as Melhania velutina

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 132 - 133.


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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: Melhania acuminata var. acuminata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139780, retrieved 29 June 2016

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