Lepidagathis randii S. Moore

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Lepidagathis randii

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Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Lepidagathis randii

Photo: James Varden
Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Lepidagathis dicomoides Hutch.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Suffrutex herb, with few to several-branched erect, decumbent or trailing from a woody base, 15-70 cm tall. Leaves subsessile, linear-lanceolate or narrowly oblong, 4.5-8.8 cm long, 3-veined from the base, more or less densely hairy when young; margin entire. Inflorescence usually axillary in the upper half of the stems, rarely at the base, clusters together forming a dense globose or hemispheric head, 1.8-5 cm in diameter; bracts brown with a darker tip, linear-lanceolate, 10-19 mm long with a long linear; white hairy on the margin and more or less short hair on the surface. Calyx lobes green with a dark-purple-brown tip; whitish hairy. Corolla 10-15 mm long, white, greyish or pale pink with pinkish-purple lobes; lower lip with purple and yellow markings; upper lip sometimes with a few purple markings, silky hairy outside; tube 5.5-8.5 mm long; upper lip 3-5 mm long; lower lip 3.5-6.5 mm long. Capsule 5.5-7.5 mm long, hairless.
Derivation of specific name: randii: named after Dr R.F. Rand (1856-1937), English Medical doctor and early plant collector in Zimbabwe.
Habitat: In Miombo woodland, Combretum-Terminalia woodland, open grassland, along roadsides and in other disturbed areas or on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Mar - Jul (Oct)
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
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Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 32 - 33.

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. as Lepidagathis dicomoides

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 19. As Lepidagathis dicomoides

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lepidagathis randii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153430, retrieved 7 October 2022

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