Pterodiscus elliottii Baker ex Stapf

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Pterodiscus elliottii

Photo: Jonathan Francis
Mongwe Road, Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe

Pterodiscus elliottii

Photo: Jonathan Francis
Mongwe Road, Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe

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Status: Native
Perennial herb, c. 20 cm high; basal organ a short woody stem, arising from a subterranean pyriform tuber. Leaves lanceolate or oblanceolate, up to 12 × 2.5 cm, undulate to slightly dentate. Corolla dark purple to wine-red, sometimes with a yellow throat; tube funnel-shaped, 4-5 cm long. Fruit c. 2.2 × 2 cm, 4-winged.
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Habitat: In woodland, especially mopane woodland.
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Images last updated: Wednesday 11 January 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988). Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Page 94.

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 66.

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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: Pterodiscus elliottii., retrieved 30 May 2024

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