Laportea aestuans (L.) Chew

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Laportea aestuans

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Casa Banana, Northern boundary Gorongosa National Park.

Laportea aestuans

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Casa Banana, Northern boundary Gorongosa National Park.

Laportea aestuans

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Casa Banana, Northern boundary Gorongosa National Park.

Laportea aestuans

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Casa Banana, Northern boundary Gorongosa National Park.

Laportea aestuans

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Casa Banana, Northern boundary Gorongosa National Park.

Laportea aestuans

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Casa Banana, Northern boundary Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Fleurya aestuans (L.) Gaudich
Fleurya aestuans (L.) Gaudich var. linnaeana Wedd.
Fleurya perrieri Léandri
Laportea bathiei Léandri
Urtica aestuans L.
Urtica hirsuta Vahl
Urtica schimperiana Steud.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect,little branched annual herb up to more than 1 m tall. Most parts covered in stinging hairs. Leaves alternate, more or less broadly ovate, up to 15 cm long, often somewhat discolorous, green above, paler greyish green beneath with stinging hairs on both surfaces; base rounded to cordate; margin serrate with 30-40 teeth on each side; petiole up to 15 cm long, covered with soft glandular hairs and a few stinging hairs. Stipules linear lanceolate, up to 1 cm long, fused for about half their length. Inflorescences axillary, paniculate with flowers unisexual in the same inflorescences; male flowers, pedicellate, mostly at the base of the inflorescence; female flowers densely clustered. Fruit ovoid, laterally compressed achenes, 1-2 mm long, with circular and rugose markings on the sides.
Type location:
(?)Surinam
Notes: An unpleasantly stinging plant.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In forest, usually as a weed along roadsides and in disturbed places. Also in cultivated areas.
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Literature:

Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 90 - 93. (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 82.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 101.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Laportea aestuans
African Plant Database: Laportea aestuans
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Laportea aestuans
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Laportea aestuans
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Laportea aestuans
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Ispot Southern Africa: Laportea aestuans
JSTOR Plant Science: Laportea aestuans
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Laportea aestuans
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Laportea aestuans
The Plant List (version 1.1): Laportea aestuans
Tropicos: Laportea aestuans


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Laportea aestuans.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120510, retrieved 22 September 2017

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