Pentas purpurea Oliv.
subsp. purpurea

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Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Bunga Views, Vumba

Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small Bridge Dam

Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Freshwater Rd, Vumba

Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the road from Nyanga to Troutbeck

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Synonyms: Pentas stolzii K. Schum. & K. Krause
Common names:
Frequency: frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Erect perennial herb, up to 1.3m tall, with 1-4 unbranched stems growing from a woody rootstock, occurring in various types of grassland and open woodland. Leaves opposite, 3-15 cm long, oblong-lanceolate, elliptic or ovate, pubescent above and bristly hairy on the veins below; petiole very short or absent. Flowers in spherical heads, pale to deep purple-blue. Fruit a capsule, c. 4 × 3 mm, with a short blunt beak.
Notes: Image 4 shows a specimen with an unusually lax, branched inflorescence, more typical for P. zanzibarica.
Derivation of specific name: purpurea: purple
Habitat: In various types of grassland and open woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 780 - 2100 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 April 2013
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 112 - 113. (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 248.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 166.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 76 - 77.


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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: Pentas purpurea subsp. purpurea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155070, retrieved 27 June 2016

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