Basananthe parvifolia (Baker f.) W.J. de Wilde

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Synonyms: Tryphostemma humile Dandy
Tryphostemma parvifolia Baker f.
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Status: Native
Perennial glabrous herb, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems hairless, erect up to 15 cm high or prostrate up to 50 cm long, sometimes with both prostrate and erect shoots; tendrils absent. Leaves simple, alternate, overlapping, grey-green, thinly fleshy. Leaves on prostate stems almost round, 0.7-2.5 cm in diameter, cordate at the base; leaves on erect stems ovate to oblong-lanceolate, 0.75-2 cm. long; margin entire or with minute teeth near the base. Flowers solitary or 2 together, small, whitish with outer corona blue, petals absent. Fruit a capsule, c. 1 cm long.
Derivation of specific name: parvifolia: with small leaves
Habitat: In grassland and open forest
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Worldwide distribution: Eastern Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

De Wilde, W.J.J.O. (1973). Revision of Basananthe, formerly Tryphostemma (Passifloraceae) Blumea 21 Pages 340 - 341. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Passifloraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 381.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 181.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 144.

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 66.

Timberlake, J., Darbyshire, I., Wursten, B., Hadj-Hammou, J., Ballings, P., Mapaura, A., Matimele, H., Banze, A., Chipanga, H., Muassinar, D., Massunde, J., Chelene, I., Osborne, J., Shah, T. (2016). Chimanimani Mountains: Botany and Conservation. Report produced under CEPF Grant 63512. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. Page 51.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Basananthe parvifolia
African Plant Database: Basananthe parvifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Basananthe parvifolia
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Wikipedia: Basananthe parvifolia

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: Basananthe parvifolia., retrieved 30 May 2024

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