Pavonia urens Cav.

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (7)

Pavonia urens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands, Vumba

Pavonia urens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands, Vumba

Specimen citations: Display citations Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms: Pavonia bojeri Baker
Pavonia neumannii Ulbr.
Pavonia ruwenzoriensis De Wild.
Pavonia schimperiana Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Pavonia tomentosa Hochst.
Common names:
Status: Native
Large shrub-sized herb, up to 3 m. All parts covered in soft and prickly hairs, which may cause itching when touched. Leaves large, variably 3-5 lobed. Epicalyx bracts 6-12, linear. Flowers pale pink to deep mauve-red in small clusters in the upper leaf axils.
Type location:
Mascarene Islands
Notes: See Pavonia columella for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: urens: burning, stinging, referring to the irritant hairs covering this plant.
Habitat: Along forest margins and in associated secondary scrub in high rainfall areas.
Altitude range: 600 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Madagascar, Reunion and the Mascarene Islands.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 92 - 93. (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 204.

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 84.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 28.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 259.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 510 - 511.

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 61.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 75.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 75, plate 102

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 354 - 355. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Pavonia urens:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pavonia urens
Flora of Malawi: Pavonia urens
Flora of Mozambique: Pavonia urens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pavonia urens

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pavonia urens
African Plant Database: Pavonia urens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pavonia urens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pavonia urens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pavonia urens
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Pavonia urens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pavonia urens
JSTOR Plant Science: Pavonia urens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pavonia urens
Plants of the World Online: Pavonia urens
Tropicos: Pavonia urens
Wikipedia: Pavonia urens

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: Pavonia urens., retrieved 24 February 2024

Site software last modified: 10 May 2018 10:51pm
Terms of use