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Frequency: Very rare in Zimbabwe. Apparently only known from a single record: Mavi 1304, January 3 1970, Marange (SRGH, BR).
Description: Perennial herb, growing from a fleshy, creeping rootstock. Stems erect, ascending, trailing or climbing, up to 50 cm long, more or less densely hairy. Leaves opposite, ovate, 3-10 cm long, more or less densely hairy on both surfaces, more so on the veins below, somewhat cordate at the base, rarely with 2 small basal lobes; margin entire or irregularly crenate-dentate; petiole 4-25 mm long. Flowers solitary or in opposite pairs in the leaf axils. Corolla pure white to very pale mauve. Capsule 6-9 mm long with a beak, 8-12 mm long.
Notes: A note about the discovery of the only specimen of Thunbergia schimbensis known from Zimbabwe may be found on
Derivation of specific name:
schimbensis, referring to the Shimba Hills in southeastern Kenya, where the type specimen was found.
Habitat: Occurring in woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
500 - 1050 m
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Red data list status:
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Acanthaceae (Part 1) Vollesen, K. (2009). Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 74. Comments
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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.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Thunbergia schimbensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=170460, retrieved 27 May 2016
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