Triumfetta tomentosa Bojer

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Triumfetta tomentosa

Open Brachystegia woodland
Nsumbu National Park
May 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Triumfetta tomentosa

Open Brachystegia woodland
Nsumbu National Park
May 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Triumfetta tomentosa

Open Brachystegia woodland
Nsumbu National Park
May 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Small shrub up to 3 m. tall; whole plant covered with brown woolly indumentum; leaf lamina 5-12 x 2.5-7 cm., ovate or lanceolate-ovate, sometimes slightly 3-lobed, acute at apex, cordate or subcordate at base, margin irregularly serrate; petiole up to 6 cm. long, stipules c. 7 mm. long, linear-lanceolate, densely pubescent; inflorescences leafy, composed of small cymes crowded at the nodes; peduncles of cymes and pedicels very short, up to 2 mm. long, bracts 3-4 mm. long, linear; sepals 4.5-8.5 mm. long, linear, subapical horn 0.2-0.5 mm. long, densely stellate-pubescent; petals yellow, 4-7 mm. long, linear-oblanceolate, rounded at apex, villous at base; stamens 8-10, filaments 6-7 mm. long; ovary 4-locular, globose; fruit 1-1.5 cm. in diameter including aculei, aculei numerous, covered in simple hairs or almost glabrous and with the terminal seate single, straight or slightly curved.
Type location:
Mauritius, cult. Ex Kenya, Mombasa
Derivation of specific name: tomentosa: covered with densely matted woolly hairs.
Habitat: Miombo woodland, often in fallows or old cultivation sites.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa and southern tropical America but in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the Flora Zambesiaca region.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Saturday 25 July 2020

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 279.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36. As Triumfetta tomentosa macrocerata

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 81.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 109.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 181.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 66 - 73. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Triumfetta tomentosa
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Flora of Malawi: Triumfetta tomentosa
Flora of Mozambique: Triumfetta tomentosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Triumfetta tomentosa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Triumfetta tomentosa
African Plant Database: Triumfetta tomentosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Triumfetta tomentosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Triumfetta tomentosa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Triumfetta tomentosa
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JSTOR Plant Science: Triumfetta tomentosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Triumfetta tomentosa
Plants of the World Online: Triumfetta tomentosa
Tropicos: Triumfetta tomentosa
Wikipedia: Triumfetta tomentosa

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: Triumfetta tomentosa., retrieved 20 February 2024

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