Mimulopsis solmsii Schweinf.

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Mimulopsis solmsii

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Nr Genaina on the main Vumba rd

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Synonyms: Mimulopsis sesamoides S. Moore
Common names:
Status: Native
Trailing or erect, shrubby perennial herb. Plants often foetid-aromatic. Leaves opposite, ovate, up to 21 cm long, cordate at the base, sparsely hairy, mostly along the veins, margin coarsely toothed; petiole 2.5-10 cm long. Flowers in 1-9-flowered groups, together forming a large open, branched inflorescence, 15-35 cm long covered in purple-brown glandular hairs. Corolla 5-lobed, white to pale mauve with an orange-brown throat and 1-2 yellow markings and a band of long hairs on the lower lobe. Capsule 15-25 mm long, hairy and glandular, particularly in the apical part.
Notes: This species flowers abundantly after 5 to 9 years after which it dies back and is rather inconspicuous until the next mass-flowering.
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Habitat: In understorey and along margins of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 950 - 2300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Saturday 5 June 2010

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 51. (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 14.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 35.

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 146 - 148. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mimulopsis solmsii
African Plant Database: Mimulopsis solmsii
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mimulopsis solmsii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Mimulopsis solmsii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mimulopsis solmsii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mimulopsis solmsii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Mimulopsis solmsii
Tropicos: Mimulopsis solmsii

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: Mimulopsis solmsii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153220, retrieved 22 November 2018

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