Pentas micrantha Baker
subsp. wyliei (N.E. Br.) Verdc.

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Pentas micrantha subsp. wyliei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old power station, Nyahode river, road to Rusitu

Pentas micrantha subsp. wyliei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old power station, Nyahode river, road to Rusitu

Pentas micrantha subsp. wyliei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old power station, Nyahode river, road to Rusitu

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Synonyms: Pentas wyliei N.E. Br.
Pentas zanzibarica (Klotzsch) Vatke var. membranacea Verdc.
Pentas zanzibarica (Klotzsch) Vatke var. pembensis Verdc.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial herb up to 90 cm tall. Stems hairy when young. Leaves opposite, ovate, oblong-ovate or elliptic, 5.5-14.5 cm long, thinly textured, mostly sparsely pubescent above and on the veins beneath; margin entire; petiole up to 5 cm long; stipules with 4-7 setae up to 6 mm long, hairy. Inflorescences in more or less lax terminal heads up to 3 cm in diameter. Flowers white or lavender-blue; corolla tube 5-10 mm long, hairy outside; lobes 1.8-3 mm long, hairy on the main vein outside. Stamens included. Style hairless, slightly exserted but often immersed in the dense hairs in the corolla throat. Capsules obtriangular or oblong-ovoid, 2.5-5 mm long and wide, ribbed, hairless or pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: micrantha: small-flowered
Habitat: In seasonally marshy areas in forest by rivers
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 10 May 2016

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 43. Pentas zanzibarica probably refers to this

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 73.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 73 - 74.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pentas micrantha subsp. wyliei
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pentas micrantha
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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: Pentas micrantha subsp. wyliei., retrieved 21 April 2024

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