Hypoestes forskaolii (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.
subsp. forskaolii

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Hypoestes forskaolii subsp. forskaolii

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Hypoestes forskaolii subsp. forskaolii

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Hypoestes forskaolii subsp. forskaolii

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Borrowdale Common bridge

Hypoestes forskaolii subsp. forskaolii

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Borrowdale Common bridge

Hypoestes forskaolii subsp. forskaolii

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Bunga Forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Hypoestes verticillaris (L.f.) Roem. & Schult.
Common names: White ribbon bush (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb often sprawling, up to 1 m tall. Leaves opposite, petiolate, ovate, 2-8 cm long, covered in short hairs. Flowers in terminal and axillary clusters, held in glandular hairy bracts; corolla 2-lipped, white to pale pinkish with dark lilac markings.
Notes: Plants often die back in the dry winter months but are more lush and permanent in moist forested habitats (image no. 6).
Derivation of specific name: forskaolii: after Pehr Forsskål (1732 - 1763), Finnish-born student of Linnaeus, who travelled and collected in Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.
Habitat: In open Brachystegia woodland, often in rocky places and along the margins of forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Feb - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
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Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 132 - 133. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 48.

Chapano, Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

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.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 300 - 304. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 329. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 18.

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 194.


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JSTOR Plant Science: Hypoestes forskaolii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hypoestes forskaolii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hypoestes forskaolii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hypoestes forskaolii
Tropicos: Hypoestes forskaolii


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hypoestes forskaolii subsp. forskaolii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154290, retrieved 27 May 2017

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