Meiosperma bracteatum Justicia bracteata (Hochst.) Zarb.

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Meiosperma bracteatum

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Mukuvisi Woodland offfice area

Meiosperma bracteatum

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Lone Mine Road, West of Gweru.

Meiosperma bracteatum

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Chesa Forest Land

Meiosperma bracteatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chesa Forest Land

Meiosperma bracteatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chesa Forest Land

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Synonyms: Justicia bracteata (Hochst.) Zarb.
Monechma bracteatum Hochst.
Monechma debile sensu Schinz.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Erect annual herb. Stems angular, ribbed with spreading branches. Leaves narrowly lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, more or less hairy with conspicuous veins. Inflorescences initially axillary, joining into large, often branched scorpioid cymes. Flowers in hairy, broadly rounded bracts, white to purple.
Derivation of specific name: bracteata: with (conspicuous) bracts; bracteose.
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, particularly in disturbed soil.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1450 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Eritrea ,Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Also in Yemen, Oman and possibly India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 20 February 2017

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39. As Monechma debile

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26. As Monechma debile

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 211 - 214. as Justicia bracteata (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 24. as Justicia bracteata (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. as Monechma debile

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 17. as Justicia bracteata (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 19. as Monechma debile

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 23. as Monechma debile

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Flora of Botswana: Meiosperma bracteatum
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Flora of Zambia: Meiosperma bracteatum

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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: Meiosperma bracteatum., retrieved 30 May 2024

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