Acanthopale pubescens (Lindau) C.B. Clarke

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Acanthopale pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Acanthopale pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Acanthopale pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Acanthopale pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Acanthopale albosetulosa C.B. Clarke
Acanthopale longipilosa (Mildbr.) Bremek.
Dischistocalyx pubescens Engl.
Dischistocalyx pubescens Engl. var. longipilosa Mildbr.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Erect or somewhat scrambling Shrub-like perennial herb, up to 2.5 m tall. Leaves opposite, largest 8-24 cm long, ovate to elliptic with a distinct drip-tip, dark green, hairy on both surfaces; petiole 2-6.5 cm long. Flowers in more or less condensed terminal racemose heads, white with purple-pink markings, softly hairy on the outside of the corolla. Capsule 11-14 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: pubescens: pubescent, with soft short hairs
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest, often in large numbers.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Monday 21 August 2006

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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 13.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 33.

Vollesen, K. (2009). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 215 - 217. (Includes a picture).

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 143 - 144. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 112 - 114. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acanthopale pubescens., retrieved 22 September 2021

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