Psilotrichum scleranthum Thwaites

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Psilotrichum scleranthum

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By Umvumvumvu R.

Psilotrichum scleranthum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Umvumvumvu R.

Psilotrichum scleranthum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Umvumvumvu R.

Psilotrichum scleranthum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

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Synonyms: Psilotrichum africanum Oliv.
Psilotrichum concinnum Baker
Psilotrichum trichophyllum Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Woody, shrubby perennial, 0.5 - 2 m. Young branches quadrangular, covered in yellowish, subappressed hairs. Leaves opposite, ovate to elliptic-oblong, 2-10 cm long, finely pubescent on both surfaces; apex mucronate; margin entire. Flowers in short terminal and axillary spikes, greenish-white. Capsule oblong-ovoid, c. 2.5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In thickets, woodland and forest, often in riverine areas.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1060 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, eastern DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. Also in S India and Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 February 2015

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 46.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 21. As Psilotricum scleranthum

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

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 16.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 103 - 104. (Includes a picture).

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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: Psilotrichum scleranthum., retrieved 28 May 2024

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