Megalochlamys hamata (Klotzsch) Vollesen

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Megalochlamys hamata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to the lodges, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Megalochlamys hamata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to the lodges, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Megalochlamys hamata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to the lodges, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Megalochlamys hamata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to the lodges, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Megalochlamys hamata

Photo: James Varden
Chewore Safari Area

Megalochlamys hamata

Photo: James Varden
Chewore Safari Area

Megalochlamys hamata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path along Zambezi River near Livingstone Statue, Victoria Falls National Park.

Megalochlamys hamata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path along Zambezi River near Livingstone Statue, Victoria Falls National Park.

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Synonyms: Blechum hamatum Klotzsch
Ecbolium hamatum (Klotzsch) C.B. Clarke
Ecbolium lugardiae N.E. Br.
Megalochlamys strobilifera C.B. Clarke
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrubby perennial, sometimes scrambling, herb, up to c. 1 m tall. Leaves opposite, narrowly ovate or elliptic, 4.5 - 9.5 cm long, more or less sparsely velvety, particularly on the veins, base decurrent on the petiole; margin entire; petiole 5-13 mm long. Inflorescences in spikes, 1.5-6 cm long. Bracts green, sometimes purple-tinged towards the apex, ovate or elliptic with a sharp, recurved apical point, mostly hairless except for short glands and usually conspicuously ciliate on the margin and central vein. Corolla pale to bright blue; tube 10-13 mm long; lobes 4, 13-18 mm long; lower mid-lobe widest, up to 4 mm wide. Capsule 9-13 mm long, sparsely velvety on the sutures.
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Habitat: In mixed, dry deciduous woodland and thickets, often on rocky slopes, sometimes in riverine fringes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Caprivi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 January 2016
Literature:

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 243 - 244. (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 14.

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

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 19.

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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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: Megalochlamys hamata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154340, retrieved 29 September 2016

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