Heterotis prostrata (Thonn.) Benth.

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Heterotis prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Muhohwa River, The Corner, Chimanimani.

Heterotis prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Muhohwa River, The Corner, Chimanimani.

Heterotis prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Muhohwa River, The Corner, Chimanimani.

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Synonyms: Dissotis prostrata (Thonn.) Hook. f.
Dissotis rotundifolia (Sm.) Triana var. prostrata (Thonn.) Jacq.-Fél.
Melastoma prostratum Thonn.
Common names:
Status: Native
Procumbent or sometimes scandent perennial. Stems 60-90 cm long, angular, fleshy, hollow, sometimes woody at the base, rooting at the nodes; branches ascending, bristly hairy, particularly on the nodes. Leaves opposite, narrowly to broadly ovate-elliptic, up to 6 × 3 cm, 3-5-veined from the base, dull green above, pale green or whitish below, bristly hairy on both surfaces. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters, pale mauve to deep purple. Stamens very unequal with pedoconnectives up to 7 mm long, 2-lobed at the base. Fruit ovoid-ellipsoid, up to 11 × 7.5 mm, bristly.
Derivation of specific name: rotundifolia: round-leaved
Habitat: In damp places in forest and along streams.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 22 January 2008

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 56 - 57. as Dissotis rotundifolia var prostrata (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 249 - 251. As Dissotis rotundifolia prostrata


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Heterotis prostrata
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West African Plants database: Heterotis prostrata

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: Heterotis prostrata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142590, retrieved 22 October 2016

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