Sparrmannia ricinocarpa (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Kuntze

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Sparrmannia ricinocarpa

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Along trail no2, Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Sparrmannia ricinocarpa

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Lion Rock, Vumba

Sparrmannia ricinocarpa

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Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Sparrmannia ricinocarpa

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Near World's View, Nyanga

Sparrmannia ricinocarpa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Sparrmannia abyssinica Hochst. ex A. Rich. var. micrantha Burret
Sparrmannia palmata E. Mey. ex Harv.
Sparrmannia ricinocarpa (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Kuntze subsp. micrantha (Burret) Weim.
Urena ricinocarpa Eckl. & Zeyh.
Common names: Mountain stock-rose (English)
Frequency: Frequent in E Highlands, rare elsewhere
Status: Native
Slender bush, occasionally scrambling, up to 3 m. Leaves 3-13 cm long, 3-7-lobed wth a cordate base and 5-7-veined from the base, lobed half to three quarters, middle lobe longest, with both simple and stellate hairs on both surfaces; margin irregularly crenate-dentate; petiole up to 8 cm long, pubescent; stipules up to 8 mm long, setaceous. Inflorescences in extra-axillary and leaf-opposed, 6-20-flowered umbels; peduncles up to 8 cm long, pubescent. Flowers white, sometimes tinged purplish with petals about as long as sepals; stamens numerous (c. 50), yellow. Capsule ellipsoid, 2-2.5 cm long including bristles, 4-5-valved, covered in bristles that stick to clothing and animal fur.
Derivation of specific name: ricinocarpa: with fruits resembling Ricinus communis
Habitat: Along stream banks, forest margins and in clearings
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola Cameroon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 February 2014

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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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: Sparrmannia ricinocarpa., retrieved 25 May 2024

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