Carphalea pubescens (Klotzsch) Verdc.

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Carphalea pubescens

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At Kariba Dam, Kariba

Carphalea pubescens

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Carphalea pubescens

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Carphalea pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Sinamatella to Mandavu Dam, Hwange NP

Carphalea pubescens

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Path to Sohwe Falls, Mavhuradonha

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Synonyms: Dirichletia pubescens Klotzsch
Common names: Cups-and-saucers (English)
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed shrub, rarely a small tree. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, lanceolate or narrowly elliptic with about 6 pairs of distinct lateral veins, glabrous except for hairs on the mid-rib and veins below. Stipules with 3-5 apical bristles. Flowers in dense terminal heads, white to greenish-white, corolla tube with long yellowish hairs in the throat. Calyx conspicuous, asymmetrical, saucer-shaped. Fruit obconical, ribbed crowned by the enlarged calyx lobes.
Derivation of specific name: pubescens: pubescent, with soft short hairs
Habitat: In sandy or stony soils in hot, dry areas of open woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1100 m
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Caprivi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Thursday 1 October 2015

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 609.

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

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 101. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 96.


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West African Plants database: Carphalea pubescens

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: Carphalea pubescens., retrieved 28 May 2016

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