Leptactina benguelensis (Welw. ex Benth. & Hook. f.) R. D. Good
subsp. pubescens Verdc.

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Leptactina benguelensis subsp. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Leptactina benguelensis subsp. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Leptactina benguelensis subsp. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Leptactina benguelensis subsp. pubescens

Photo: Jean-Pierre Félu
Nr Ruzawi School

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Common names: Ivory carpet (English)
Status: Native
A prostrate species, which may form extensive carpets. Leaves oblong-elliptic to somewhat oblanceolate, more or less densely pubescent beneath. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered terminal and subterminal clusters, fragrant. Corolla white; tube 2.5-6.5 cm long, densely pubescent on the outside; lobes spreading, up to 4 cm long. Fruit ellipsoid, orange when ripe, crowned with the long linear calyx lobes.
Notes: Flowering is activated by the first rains.
The shape of the flowers can be quite variable with some specimens showing long narrow corolla lobes (image 2), while others have broad overlapping corolla lobes (image 4).
Derivation of specific name: benguelensis: after the Benguella region of Angola
Habitat: In rocky areas of Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 1660 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From DRC and Tanzania, south to Angola and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 May 2008

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 542 - 543.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 245. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 132, plate 173


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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: Leptactina benguelensis subsp. pubescens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155190, retrieved 24 October 2016

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