Clerodendrum pusillum Gürke

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Status: Native
Pyrophytic dwarf suffrutex up to 25 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems 1–several, erect, herbaceous, simple or few-branched. Leaves opposite or sometimes 3-whorled, lanceolate, elliptic, oblong or oblong-obovate, 1.5–9 cm long, sometimes somewhat fleshy, shortly pubescent, particularly on the veins and margins, sometimes almost hairless; margin entire; petiole up to 3 mm long. Inflorescences axillary in the crowded uppermost leaves, 3–12-flowered, sometimes with 2 solitary axillary flowers below the capitate inflorescence. Corolla white or pale cream-coloured, densely and softly white hairy outside; tube (6)–11 cm long; anthers and style apex purple; stamens and style exserted c. 4 cm.
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Derivation of specific name: pusillum: insignificant, small, weak
Habitat: In recently burnt miombo woodland, wooded grassland and along dambo margins, on red sandy soil or stony ground.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,C,Lk
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 140 - 141. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. (2005). Lamiaceae (subfamilies: Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Page 121.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 68.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Clerodendrum pusillum
African Plant Database: Clerodendrum pusillum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Clerodendrum pusillum
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Clerodendrum pusillum., retrieved 25 June 2022

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