Tragia brevipes Pax

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Tragia brevipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southeastern slopes above Cavalo, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.

Tragia brevipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southeastern slopes above Cavalo, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.

Tragia brevipes

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southeastern slopes above Cavalo, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Tragia mitis var. genuina Müll. Arg.
Tragia velutina Pax
Tragia volkensii Pax
Common names:
Status: Native
Climbing perennial herb with stinging hairs. Stems up to 3 m long, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves ovate, up to c. 13 cm long, cordate at the base but never lobed, more or less hairy above and on the midrib and veins below; margin dentate. Inflorescences terminal or leaf-opposed, up to 14 cm long. Flowers unisexual on the same inflorescence. Fruit 3-lobed, 5 × 9 mm, smooth, yellow-green with rough hairs on the ribs of the lobes.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In submontane evergreen and riverine forest and high-rainfall miombo woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Cameroon to Somalia and South to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eurytela dryope angulata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 29 January 2009

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 43.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 229.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Tragia brevipes
Flora of Malawi: Tragia brevipes
Flora of Mozambique: Tragia brevipes
Flora of Zambia: Tragia brevipes

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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: Tragia brevipes., retrieved 26 May 2024

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