Tristemma mauritianum J.F. Gmel.
var. mauritianum

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Tristemma mauritianum var. mauritianum

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Haroni Gorge, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Tristemma grandifolium (Cogn.) Gilg
Tristemma incompletum R. Br.
Tristemma schumacheri Guill. & Perr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect or scrambling perennial herb up to 1.5 m tall. Stems rather fleshy, sharply 4-angled or even slightly winged, with short stiff purplish bristles. Leaves opposite, ovate-elliptic, up to 15 cm long, dark green above, paler below, with short rough hairs on both surfaces, 5-7-veined from the base. Flowers in dense heads, pale pink or mauve. Stamens all similar with a deeply 2-lobed basal appendage on the pedoconnective. Fruit c. 16 × 10 mm, purplish-brown.
Derivation of specific name: mauritianum: from Mauritius
Habitat: Along forest margins and on river banks.
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 22 January 2008

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 231 - 233. As Tristemma mauritianum (Includes a picture).

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 120 - 121.

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Flora of Malawi: Tristemma mauritianum var. mauritianum
Flora of Mozambique: Tristemma mauritianum var. mauritianum
Flora of Zambia: Tristemma mauritianum var. mauritianum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tristemma mauritianum
African Plant Database: Tristemma mauritianum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Tristemma mauritianum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tristemma mauritianum
Plants of the World Online: Tristemma mauritianum
Tropicos: Tristemma mauritianum
Wikipedia: Tristemma mauritianum

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: Tristemma mauritianum var. mauritianum., retrieved 24 July 2024

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