Lantana moldenkei R. Fern.

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Lantana moldenkei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyahokwe Hill, Nyanga

Lantana moldenkei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyahokwe Hill, Nyanga

Lantana moldenkei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyahokwe Hill, Nyanga

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Common names:
Status: Native
Small straggling shrub, up to c 1.5m tall. Branchlets slender with somewhat raised leafscars, bristly hairy, particularly when young, with tubercle-based, whitish, curved-appressed hairs and scattered sessile glands. Leaves mostly opposite, rarely 3-whorled, more or less broadly ovate to subrhombic or subcircular, 1-2.8 cm long, somewhat discolorous, shortly bristly with tubercule-based hairs and impressed venation above, paler and more densely whitish hairy with raised venation beneath; margin with 4-10 crenulate teeth; petiole 3-11 mm long. Inflorescences in solitairy, axillary subspherical spikes, up to 1 cm long; peduncles slender, as long or longer than the subtending leaf; bracts leaf-like, broadly elliptical bracts more or less densely hairy and with sessile glands. Flowers mauve, pink, lilac or pale violet, rarely almost white; corolla tube 5-7.5 mm long, well exceeding the bracts. Fruit a drupe, up to c. 3 × 4 cm, broader than long.
Notes: The combination of consistently small leaves, slender peduncles and short inflorescences is very characteristic for this species.
Derivation of specific name: moldenkei: after Harold Norman Moldenke (1909–1996), American botanist and taxonomist with particular expertise in Verbenaceae.
Habitat: Among rocks and in sandy soil in woodland and grassland, apparently always on or besides rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) 1150 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to Zimbabwe, where it is fairly widespread.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Images last updated: Monday 26 August 2013

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Fernandes, R. (2005). Verbenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 21 - 23. (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 82.


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

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: Lantana moldenkei., retrieved 18 February 2018

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