Mellera submutica C.B. Clarke

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Synonyms: Onus submuticus (C.B. Clarke) Gilli
Pseudobarleria lindaui Dewèvre
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Status: Native
Shrubby, somewhat scrambling perennial herb, up to 1.5 m tall. Leaves more or less broadly ovate, up to 14 cm long, base sometimes unequally cordate, glossy hairy, particularly below; margin coarsely and irregularly toothed; petiole up to 10 cm long. Flowers in a pyramidal branched inflorescence up to 30 cm long; peduncles, bracts and calyces, covered with sticky glandular hairs. Corolla 3.5-4.5 cm long, more or less 5-lobed, blue to purple; lower lobe triangular, broader than other lobes, with a pleated, yellow area in the centre. Capsule 15-19 mm long, glandular near the apex.
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Habitat: In riverine forest and scrub, often on rocky slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1900 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Red data list status: Data deficient
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 51. (Includes a picture).

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 237.

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 152 - 153.


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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 submutica., retrieved 9 December 2016

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