Geophila repens (L.) I.M. Johnst.

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Geophila repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Geophila repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Geophila repens

Photo: Neil Crouch
Haroni Gorge, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Geophila uniflora Hiern
Rondeletia repens L.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Prostrate creeping herb, rooting at the nodes. Stems 20-30 cm long, densely appressed hairy; flowering shoots, ascending up to c. 7.5 cm high. Leaves up to c. 3.5 × 5.5 cm, kidney-shaped with a broadly rounded apex, hairless above, hairless or pubescent beneath; petiole up to 11.5 cm long. Flowers usually solitary, rarely 2 together, white. Fruit a berry, 5-12 mm in diameter, glossy orange-red when ripe, crowned with the remains of the calyx lobes.
Notes: Differs from G. obvallata in the inflorescence being mostly 1-flowered (rarely 2-3);inconspicuous bracts, not forming an involucre and the fruit being orange-red
Derivation of specific name: repens: creeping
Habitat: Evergreen forest
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1140 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 7 February 2012
Literature:

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 163.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 32 - 34. (Includes a picture).


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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: Geophila repens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156530, retrieved 25 September 2016

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