Melhania acuminata Mast.
var. acuminata

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Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 c. 70 km West of Katima Mulilo

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 c. 70 km West of Katima Mulilo

Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 c. 70 km West of Katima Mulilo

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Synonyms: Melhania velutina sensu Exell & Mendonça
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Status: Native
Much-branched perennial shrubby herb, up to 60 cm tall. Most parts covered in silvery-grey indumentum. Leaves ovate-oblong to ovate, up to 11 cm long, somewhat discolorous, silvery hairy on both surfaces, particularly beneath; margin serrate. Flowers 1-3 together in the axils on a peduncle up to 9 cm long, bright yellow. Epicalyx bracts long-acuminate to caudate. Style 7-11 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: acuminata: with a long, drawn-out point or acuminate, referring to the epicalyx lobes.
Habitat: In open deciduous woodland and Brachystegia woodland.
Flowering time:Jan - May
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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Content last updated: Saturday 1 June 2019

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 25.

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 112.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 260 - 261. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 220. (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 80.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 75.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 77, plate 104

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 107.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 227. as Melhania velutina

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 132 - 133.

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Flora of Botswana: Melhania acuminata var. acuminata
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Melhania acuminata var. acuminata

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melhania acuminata
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Melhania acuminata var. acuminata., retrieved 27 January 2020

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