Dorstenia cuspidata Hochst. ex A. Rich.
var. cuspidata

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Dorstenia cuspidata var. cuspidata

Lusaka SE, cultivated; Dec 2013.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Dorstenia cuspidata var. cuspidata

Lusaka SE, cultivated; Dec 2013.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Dorstenia cuspidata var. cuspidata

Lusaka SE, cultivated; Dec 2013.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Dorstenia tetractis Peter
Dorstenia unyikae Engl. & Warb.
Dorstenia walleri Hemsley
Common names:
Status: Native
Herb with annual stems, erect, up to 40 cm. tall, usually unbranched, arising from a tuber, discoid, subglobose or irregular. Petioles (2)5-25 cm.; leaves spirally arranged, scale-like on the lower stem; normal leaves with lamina elliptic to oblong, lanceolate to linear. Receptacle triangular with three appendages, or variously shaped with 4-14 appendages.
Type location:
Notes: Widespread, not threatened.
Derivation of specific name: cuspidata: abruptly ending in a long drawn out point, referring to the long inflorescence appendages.
Habitat: Miombo woodland and thicket
Altitude range: 600 - 1300 m
Flowering time:Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal and South Sudan to Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,E,C,S,W
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 6 January 2014

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 38 - 39.

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 310 - 311. (Includes a picture).

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 88.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 79.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 123.

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Flora of Malawi: Dorstenia cuspidata var. cuspidata
Flora of Mozambique: Dorstenia cuspidata var. cuspidata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dorstenia cuspidata var. cuspidata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dorstenia cuspidata
African Plant Database: Dorstenia cuspidata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dorstenia cuspidata
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Tropicos: Dorstenia cuspidata
Wikipedia: Dorstenia cuspidata

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 cuspidata var. cuspidata., retrieved 4 March 2024

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