Hypoestes forskaolii (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.

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Hypoestes forskaolii

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Hypoestes forskaolii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Hypoestes forskaolii

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Borrowdale Common bridge

Hypoestes forskaolii

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Borrowdale Common bridge

Hypoestes 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
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
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 132 - 133. (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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West African Plants database: Hypoestes forskaolii

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: Hypoestes forskaolii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154290, retrieved 27 May 2016

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