Geophila obvallata (Schumach.) Didr.
subsp. ioides (K. Schum.) Verdc.

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Geophila obvallata subsp. ioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Levasflor, Cheringoma

Geophila obvallata subsp. ioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest, Mozambique

Geophila obvallata subsp. ioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest, Mozambique

Geophila obvallata subsp. ioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest, Mozambique

Geophila obvallata subsp. ioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest, Mozambique

Geophila obvallata subsp. ioides

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Lower slopes Mt Mabu

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Synonyms: Geophila cecilae N.E. Br.
Geophila ioides K. Schum.
Psychotria obvallata Schumach.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Carpet forming, prostrate creeping herb, rooting at the nodes. Stems, up to 60 cm long, sometimes underground. Leaves up to c. 4 × 6 cm, broadly ovate to kidney-shaped, dark green to blue-green, mostly hairless except for occasional hairs on the midrib below. Flowers in few-flowered clusters, white. Fruit a berry, 7-8 mm in diameter, purple, blue or black when ripe, crowned with the remains of the calyx lobes.
Notes: Differs from G. repens in inflorescences being several-flowered; bracts forming a distinct involucre and the purple-black fruit
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On sandy soils in evergreen forest and moist Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 250 - 1740 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 14 October 2011
Literature:

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 33 - 35. (Includes a picture).


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West African Plants database: Geophila obvallata


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: Geophila obvallata subsp. ioides.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156520, retrieved 2 December 2016

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