Urera hypselodendron (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Wedd.

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Urera hypselodendron

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Seldomseen, Vumba

Urera hypselodendron

Picture: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Urera schimperi Wedd.
Urtica hypselodendron A. Rich.
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Status: Native
Woody liane, up to 25 m. Stems with numerous adventitious roots and copious clear sap. Leaves ovate to obovate with 3-5 pairs of lateral veins; margin finely serrate or crenate. Stinging hairs few, on the nerves and petioles. Flowers in lax axillary cymes with numerous stinging hairs, unisexual on different plants.
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Habitat: Along margins and in clearings of montane and riverine forest.
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Worldwide distribution: Eastern DRC, southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s): Climber, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Insects associated with this species: Hypolimnas anthedon wahlbergi (Larval food plant)
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Friis, I. (1991). Urticaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 82 - 85. (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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 182.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Urera hypselodendron.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120480, retrieved 29 September 2023

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