Anisotes formosissimus (Klotzsch) Milne-Redh.

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Anisotes formosissimus

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Along sanctuary fence line by road from entrance gate to Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Adhatoda formosissima Klotzsch
Macrorungia formosissima (Klotzsch) C.B. Clarke
Symplectochilus formosissimus (Klotzsch) Lindau
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small erect or scrambling shrub, 1-3 m tall. Young branches, 4-angled, grooved, green. Leaves opposite, 3-10 cm long, ovate to elliptic, light green above, bluish below and shortly hairy below when young; petiole 0.5-3 cm long; margin entire. Flowers in spike-like inflorescences on very short spur-branchlets. Corolla, red, dull red, dark red to purplish-red, rarely yellow, 4.5-5.5 cm long, glandular hairy, tubular, 2-lipped; tube shorter than the lobes.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: formosissimus: the most beautiful
Habitat: in Acacia-Mopane woodland and riverine forest, often on bare sandy or loamy soil.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 600 m
Flowering time:Apr - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
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Images last updated: Friday 15 July 2016
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 18.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 232 - 233.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 274.

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 13.


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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: Anisotes formosissimus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154650, retrieved 17 December 2017

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