Acrotome angustifolia G. Taylor

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Acrotome angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acrotome angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acrotome angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

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Synonyms: Acrotome lancifolia Bremek. & Oberm.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect annual herb, up to c. 1 m tall. Leaves opposite, linear-lanceolate, 4-9 cm long, hairy on both surfaces; margin sparsely crenate-dentate. Flowers in 1-3 many-flowered, spherical clusters (verticils). Bracteoles numerous, filiform, up to 1 cm long, densely hairy, spine-tipped. Calyx whitish with green ribs, usually 5-toothed. Corolla usually white.
Notes: Note: This species is generally very similar to Acrotome inflata. It can be distinguished by the much narrower leaves, particularly on the lower stems. It also has antrorse hairs on the stems and leaves, while in A. inflata the hairs are retrorse. A. angustifolia is more restricted to the Kalahari sand of Western Zimbabwe and does not usually become a weedy species of disturbed areas. The distribution of the 2 species does not appear to overlap within Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: angustifolia: narrow-leaved
Habitat: Open woodland on deep sandy soil.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, northern Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and North-West province and Northern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 January 2010

Codd, L.E. (1985). Lamiaceae Flora of Southern Africa 28(4) Pages 20 - 22.

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 54.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 81 - 82.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 77.

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Flora of Botswana: Acrotome angustifolia
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acrotome angustifolia
African Plant Database: Acrotome angustifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acrotome angustifolia
Plants of the World Online: Acrotome angustifolia
Tropicos: Acrotome angustifolia
Wikipedia: Acrotome angustifolia

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: Acrotome angustifolia., retrieved 19 April 2024

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