Dissotis princeps (Kunth) Triana
var. princeps

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Dissotis princeps var. princeps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Dissotis princeps var. princeps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

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Common names: Musukandarira (Shona) Royal dissotis (English) Rusukandarira (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
A soft wooded shrub, up to 3 m. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, covered in rough hairs on both surfaces; 5- to 7-veined from the base. Flowers large in dense terminal inflorescences, corolla violet.
Notes: Two varieties are recognized: Var. princeps (see photo) has elongated receptacle-appendages, which are densely covered in long bristles. Var. candolleana (Cogn.) A. & R. Fernandes has short receptacle-appendages, sparsely covered in short and weak bristles.
Derivation of specific name: princeps: most distinguished, princely
Habitat: In montane areas along streambanks, in marshy areas and vleis.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2000 m
Flowering time:May - Oct
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 56 - 57. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264. As Dissotis princeps

Fernandes, R. & A. (1961). Contribution to the knowledge of the MELASTOMATOIDEAE of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Kirkia 1 Page 76.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 87, plates 118 & 119

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 120.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dissotis princeps
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West African Plants database: Dissotis princeps

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: Dissotis princeps var. princeps.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142560, retrieved 31 May 2016

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