Melhania acuminata Mast.
var. agnosta (K. Schum.) Wild

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Melhania acuminata var. agnosta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance parking White Rhino Cave, Matobo National Park.

Melhania acuminata var. agnosta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance parking White Rhino Cave, Matobo National Park.

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Synonyms: Melhania obtusa N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
See var. acuminata for general details. This variety differs in the more narrowly oblong leaves, somewhat smaller flowers and the brown stellate hairs which are intermixed with the grey indumentum on the epicalyx, inflorescence and branches. Both varieties can be found in similar habitats.
Derivation of specific name: acuminata: with a long, drawn-out point or acuminate, referring to the epicalyx lobes.
Habitat: In open deciduous woodland and Brachystegia woodland
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 13 February 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 25.

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 80.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 107.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 532 - 533.

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Flora of Botswana: Melhania acuminata var. agnosta
Flora of Mozambique: Melhania acuminata var. agnosta
Flora of Zambia: Melhania acuminata var. agnosta

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Melhania acuminata
African Plant Database: Melhania acuminata
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Melhania acuminata
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melhania acuminata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Melhania acuminata
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Wikipedia: Melhania acuminata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Melhania acuminata var. agnosta., retrieved 27 March 2023

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