Melhania burchellii DC.

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Synonyms: Melhania albicans Baker f.
Melhania linearifolia sensu Eyles
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Status: Native
This species resembles both Melhania randii and M. prostrata. Leaves are hairy on both surfaces like in M. randii but the flowers are almost twice the size of those of M. randii, the sepals being c. 1ยท6 cm long. Epicalyx bracts lanceolate-acuminate. It differs from both M. randii and M. prostrata in having epicalyx lobes only about half the length of the sepals; having the peduncles shorter than, or only slightly exceeding, the petioles in length and leaf-margins usually dentate, especially towards the apex.
Derivation of specific name: burchellii: after William John Burchell (1781-1863), botanical collector, painter, writer, gardener, entomologist, early explorer and naturalist in South Africa.
Habitat: Drier types of woodland
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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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 529 - 531. (Includes a picture).

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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 burchellii., retrieved 30 September 2023

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