Antherotoma debilis (Sond.) Jacq.-Fél.

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Antherotoma debilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

Antherotoma debilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

Antherotoma debilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

Antherotoma debilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

Antherotoma debilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

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Synonyms: Dissotis bangweolensis R.E. Fr.
Dissotis debilis (Sond.) Triana var. debilis
Dissotis debilis (Sond.) Triana var. pusilla (R.E. Fr.) A. Fern. & R. Fern.
Dissotis debilis (Sond.) Triana var. prostrata A. Fern. & R. Fern.
Dissotis debilis (Sond.) Triana var. lanceolata (Cogn.) A. Fern. & R. Fern.
Dissotis debilis (Sond.) Triana var. pedicellata A. Fern. & R. Fern.
Dissotis debilis (Sond.) Triana var. postpluvialis (Gilg) A. Fern. & R. Fern.
Dissotis paludosa Gilg
Dissotis penicillata Gilg
Osbeckia debilis Sond.
Osbeckia phaeotricha Hochst. var. debilis (Sond.) Sond.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, usually with multiple, more or less erect stems 10-95 cm high, often pinkish or purplish, more or less densely covered in bulbous-based whitish appressed hairs. Leaves opposite, linear-lanceolate to ovate, up to 7.5 cm long, lowermost leaves widest, 3-5-veined from the base, appressed setose on both surfaces; margin with fine setose teeth; petiole 2-5 mm long. Inflorescences more or less many-flowered compact terminal heads, 1-3.5 cm in diameter, rarely also axillary. Sepals oblong-triangular, 4-5 mm long with a terminal setose appendage; intersepalar segments c. 2 mm long, persistent. Petals 7.5-10 mm long, mauve, deep pink or rosy-purple. Stamens similar but of two lengths.
Notes: This species is quite similar to Antherotoma naudinii but that species can be distinguished by its annual habit.
Derivation of specific name: debilis: weak, frail, feeble.
Habitat: In moist and swampy places, drier sandy soils and as a weed of cultivated lands.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 4 October 2016
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 58 - 59. as Dissotis debilis (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1961). Contribution to the knowledge of the MELASTOMATOIDEAE of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Kirkia 1 Pages 70 - 71. as Dissotis debilis with various varieties (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 243 - 246. Under various varieties

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 85.


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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: Antherotoma debilis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142530, retrieved 12 December 2017

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