Sclerochiton harveyanus Nees

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Sclerochiton harveyanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba.

Sclerochiton harveyanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Remnant forest on western shelf above Vanduzi Valley, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa.

Sclerochiton harveyanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Swynnerton Memorial to main road, Chirinda Forest

Sclerochiton harveyanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Sclerochiton harveyanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

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Common names: Blue-lips (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub, occasionally a small multi-stemmed tree. The small fruits are beaked capsules, splitting into 5 valves, ejecting the seeds.
Derivation of specific name: harveyi: after Dr William Henry Harvey, 1811-1866, Irish botanist in South Africa.
Habitat: Understorey of evergreen submontane forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 887. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 20.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 274.

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 15.

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 48 - 49.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sclerochiton harveyanus., retrieved 7 December 2023

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