Lantana moldenkei R. Fern.

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Lantana moldenkei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyahokwe Hill, Nyanga

Lantana moldenkei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyahokwe Hill, Nyanga

Lantana moldenkei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyahokwe Hill, Nyanga

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Common names:
Status: Native
Small straggling shrub, up to c 1.5m tall. Branchlets slender with somewhat raised leafscars, bristly hairy, particularly when young, with tubercle-based, whitish, curved-appressed hairs and scattered sessile glands. Leaves mostly opposite, rarely 3-whorled, more or less broadly ovate to subrhombic or subcircular, 1-2.8 cm long, somewhat discolorous, shortly bristly with tubercule-based hairs and impressed venation above, paler and more densely whitish hairy with raised venation beneath; margin with 4-10 crenulate teeth; petiole 3-11 mm long. Inflorescences in solitairy, axillary subspherical spikes, up to 1 cm long; peduncles slender, as long or longer than the subtending leaf; bracts leaf-like, broadly elliptical bracts more or less densely hairy and with sessile glands. Flowers mauve, pink, lilac or pale violet, rarely almost white; corolla tube 5-7.5 mm long, well exceeding the bracts. Fruit a drupe, up to c. 3 × 4 cm, broader than long.
Notes: The combination of consistently small leaves, slender peduncles and short inflorescences is very characteristic for this species.
Derivation of specific name: moldenkei: after Harold Norman Moldenke (1909–1996), American botanist and taxonomist with particular expertise in Verbenaceae.
Habitat: Among rocks and in sandy soil in woodland and grassland, apparently always on or besides rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) 1150 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Restricted to Zimbabwe, where it is fairly widespread.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Images last updated: Monday 26 August 2013

Fernandes, R. (2005). Verbenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 21 - 23. (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 82.


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African Plant Database: Lantana moldenkei
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Lantana moldenkei
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lantana moldenkei
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lantana moldenkei
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lantana moldenkei
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Lantana moldenkei
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lantana moldenkei
Ispot Southern Africa : Lantana moldenkei
JSTOR Plant Science: Lantana moldenkei
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lantana moldenkei
Tropicos: Lantana moldenkei
West African Plants database: Lantana moldenkei

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: Lantana moldenkei., retrieved 21 October 2016

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