Alepidea amatymbica Eckl. & Zeyh.

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Robust glabrous perennial herb, up to 1.75 m. Stems terete, strongly grooved. Leaves mostly in a basal rosette, oblong up to 25 × 9 cm, more or less truncate at the base; margin toothed with conspicuous cilia. Petiole long, up to 25 cm. Leaves along the stem much smaller, sessile, often strongly clasping. Flowers very small, in terminal and lateral umbels, surrounded by whitish, conspicuous petal-like bracts. Fruit ovoid or obovoid, up to 4 × 3 mm, inconspicuously ribbed otherwise smooth.
Notes: Historically never was common but is threatened by harvesting for traditional medicinal purposes.

In SRGH, there are only 2 records from Engwa and 1 from the Chimanimani mountains (Bundi plain). Much rarer than the widespread and common A. peduncularis.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Occurring in montane grassland and along stream banks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1680 - 2260 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe/Mozambique, South Africa and Lesotho
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Images last updated: Saturday 27 February 2010

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 567 - 568.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4. As Alepidea amatymbica aquatica

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 162.

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 17.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 87.

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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: Alepidea amatymbica., retrieved 5 December 2023

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