Pouzolzia parasitica (Forssk.) Schweinf.

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Pouzolzia parasitica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands layby, Vumba

Pouzolzia parasitica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands layby, Vumba

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Synonyms: Pouzoliza procridioides (Wedd.) Wedd.
Urtica parasitica Forssk.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial scrambling herb, stems erect or ascending, up to 1 m, growing from a woody rhizome. Leaves alternate, up to 10 × 5 cm, ovate to lanceolate, scattered stiff hairs on the upper surface, softer hairs on the veins below; margin coarsely serrate. Petiole and stems covered in short erect hairs. Flowers in small dense clusters in the upper leaf axils, surrounded by narrowly triangular bracts, unisexual. Fruit an achene, c. 2.5 mm, shiny white, enclosed in the persistent perianth.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In high rainfall woodland, submontane evergreen forest, riverine forest, moist tall grassland, usually in shade of dense vegetation, often on termite hills.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Yemen, Ethiopia, Somalia, Cameroon, E DRC, Angola, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also recorded from South America.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 10 May 2007

Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 110 - 112. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 82.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pouzolzia parasitica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120650, retrieved 15 June 2024

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