Dissotis princeps (Kunth) Triana
var. princeps

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Dissotis princeps var. princeps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Dissotis princeps var. princeps

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

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Common names: Musukandarira (Shona) Royal dissotis (English) Rusukandarira (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
A soft wooded shrub, up to 3 m. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, covered in rough hairs on both surfaces; 5- to 7-veined from the base. Flowers large in dense terminal inflorescences, corolla violet.
Notes: Two varieties are recognized: Var. princeps (see photo) has elongated receptacle-appendages, which are densely covered in long bristles. Var. candolleana (Cogn.) A. & R. Fernandes has short receptacle-appendages, sparsely covered in short and weak bristles.
Derivation of specific name: princeps: most distinguished, princely
Habitat: In montane areas along streambanks, in marshy areas and vleis.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2000 m
Flowering time:May - Oct
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 56 - 57. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 208. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264. As Dissotis princeps

Fernandes, R. & A. (1961). Contribution to the knowledge of the MELASTOMATOIDEAE of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Kirkia 1 Page 76.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 263 - 264.

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 61.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 87, plates 118 & 119

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 85.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 57.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 120.

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Flora of Botswana: Dissotis princeps var. princeps
Flora of Malawi: Dissotis princeps var. princeps
Flora of Mozambique: Dissotis princeps var. princeps
Flora of Zambia: Dissotis princeps var. princeps

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dissotis princeps
African Plant Database: Dissotis princeps
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Dissotis princeps
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dissotis princeps
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dissotis princeps
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Dissotis princeps
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Dissotis princeps
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Dissotis princeps
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Dissotis princeps
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dissotis princeps
Ispot Southern Africa: Dissotis princeps
JSTOR Plant Science: Dissotis princeps
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dissotis princeps
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dissotis princeps
The Plant List (version 1.1): Dissotis princeps
Tropicos: Dissotis princeps

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dissotis princeps var. princeps.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142560, retrieved 16 July 2018

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