Polysphaeria lanceolata Hiern
var. lanceolata

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Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, Cheringoma, Mozambique

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, Cheringoma, Mozambique

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path from Nhago Camp to nearby settlement, Coutada 12

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path from Nhago Camp to nearby settlement, Coutada 12

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Boundary stream, Swanepoel Timber Concession, Cheringoma

Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Boundary stream, Swanepoel Timber Concession, Cheringoma

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Synonyms:
Common names: Polysphaeria (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, up to 15 cm, thinly leathery,glabrous, glossy dark green, midrib prominent below, apex sharply pointed; domatia absent; petiole 4-10 mm long; stipules triangular, keeled, 1.5-5 mm long. Flowers axillary in compact few-flowered heads; corolla c. 7 mm in diameter, white, pale lilac or pinkish, funnel-shaped, densely hairy in the throat. Fruit in dense clusters, subspherical, c. 10 mm in diameter, crowned the calyx lobes, fleshy, blue-green, red to purple-black when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: lanceolata: lanceolate, lance-shaped
Habitat: In riverine forest and dry evergreen forest, often in the riverbed.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1050 m
Flowering time:May - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Friday 25 May 2007
Literature:

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 527 - 529. As Polysphaeria lanceolata lanceolata lanceolata

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 972. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 166.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.


Other sources of information about Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata:

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Flora of Malawi: Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata
Flora of Mozambique: Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polysphaeria lanceolata
African Plant Database: Polysphaeria lanceolata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Polysphaeria lanceolata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polysphaeria lanceolata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polysphaeria lanceolata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Polysphaeria lanceolata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Polysphaeria lanceolata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polysphaeria lanceolata
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Polysphaeria lanceolata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polysphaeria lanceolata
Ispot Southern Africa: Polysphaeria lanceolata
JSTOR Plant Science: Polysphaeria lanceolata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polysphaeria lanceolata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polysphaeria lanceolata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Polysphaeria lanceolata
Tropicos: Polysphaeria lanceolata


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polysphaeria lanceolata var. lanceolata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155660, retrieved 15 July 2019

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