Mellera lobulata S. Moore

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Mellera lobulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic garden, Harare

Mellera lobulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Mellera lobulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Mellera lobulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track towards Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Mellera lobulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along track towards Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Mellera angustata Lindau
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Shrubby, somewhat scrambling perennial herb, up to 2(-3) m tall. Leaves ovate to elliptic, up to 20 cm long, base sometimes unequally cordate, velvety, particularly along the veins below; margin subentire to coarsely toothed; petiole up to 13.5 cm long. Flowers in terminal heads up to 14 cm long; peduncles, bracts and calyces, covered with glossy hairs and sticky glandular hairs. Corolla 2.5-4 cm long, more or less 5-lobed, white to pale mauve; lower lobe broader than other lobes, with apical part much darker purple and a pleated, yellow to orange spot in the centre. Capsule 11-19 mm long with scattered stalked glands in the apical part.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: lobulata: with small lobes.
Habitat: In the understorey and along the margins of evergreen forest, often forming dense colonies.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Nov
Worldwide distribution: CAR, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan , Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 10 June 2010
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 19.

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 14.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 19.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 35.

Vollesen, K. (2009). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 233.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mellera lobulata
Tropicos: Mellera lobulata
West African Plants database: Mellera lobulata


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: Mellera lobulata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153170, retrieved 26 June 2016

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