Dorstenia benguellensis Welw.

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Dorstenia benguellensis

Kanyanja; Jan 1997.
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Dorstenia benguellensis

Lusaka SE 20km Jellis farm; Jan 2011.
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Dorstenia benguellensis

Miombo Woodland; Kalambo Falls; Dec 2006.
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Dorstenia benguellensis

Solwezi District, Kalumbila
Oct 2010
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Dorstenia benguellensis

Oct 2017
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Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Herb; stem annual, erect, usually unbranched, up to 50 cm. tall; tuber discoid to subglobose; petiole 0-2(5) cm., leaves spirally arranged; normal leaves elliptic, lanceolate or linear. Receptacle variously shaped, often disc shaped.
Type location:
Notes: Widespread; not threatened.
Derivation of specific name: Benguellensis: from Benguella in Angola.
Habitat: Miombo woodland and thicket.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Cameroon and Sudan to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,Lk
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 14 November 2017

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 37 - 38.

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 312 - 314. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 212. (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 63.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Dorstenia benguellensis., retrieved 13 April 2024

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