Paralepistemon shirensis (Oliv.) Lejoly & Lisowski

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Paralepistemon shirensis

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Hillside Golf Course, Mutare

Paralepistemon shirensis

Photo: Lynne James
Hillside Golf Course, Mutare

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Synonyms: Ipomoea shirensis Oliv.
Porana subrotundifolia De Wild.
Rivea shirensis (Oliv.) Hall. f.
Turbina shirensis (Oliv.) A. Meeuse
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust climber, up to 15 m tall. Stems woody with whitish, short appressed hairs, densely so when young. Leaves broadly ovate-cordate to almost circular, 3.5 - 17 cm long, thinly pubescent above, densely whitish or greyish hairy beneath; margin entire; petiole ip to 12 cm long, slender, densely hairy. Inflorescences few- to many-flowered, 3-10 cm long in the axils of upper leaves, together forming lax terminal heads, sometimes pseudo-umbellate. Flowers white, widely funnel-shaped. Fruit broadly ellipsoid to somewhat obovoid, shortly beaked, densely greyish hairy, indehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: shirensis: of the Shire Highlands in Malawi where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: In sandy soil in woodland, grassland, along forest margins and roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1150 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 42.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 49.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271. As Turbina shirensis

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 127 - 129. (Includes a picture).

Lejoly, J. & Lisowski, S. (1986). Paralepistemon, nouveau genre de Convolvulaceae d'Afrique tropicale Bulletin du Jardin botanique national de Belgique 56(1/2) Page 197.

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 37.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 44.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 72.

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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: Paralepistemon shirensis., retrieved 30 May 2024

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