Lepidagathis scariosa (O. Hoffm.) Nees

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Lepidagathis scariosa

Habit
Miombo woodland amongst sparse rocky outcrops
Kabwelume Falls, Mporokoso Distr.
Mar 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Lepidagathis scariosa

Flower
Miombo woodland amongst sparse rocky outcrops
Kabwelume Falls, Mporokoso Distr.
Mar 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Lepidagathis scariosa

Flower
Miombo woodland amongst sparse rocky outcrops
Kabwelume Falls, Mporokoso Distr.
Mar 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Lepidagathis scariosa

Flower
Miombo woodland amongst sparse rocky outcrops
Kabwelume Falls, Mporokoso Distr.
Mar 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Lepidagathis sciaphila S. Moore
Lepidagathis terminalis Nees
Ruellia aristata Vahl
Volkensiophyton neuracanthoides Lindau
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Much branched perennial herb or subshrub up to 120 cm tall; stems with dense pale buff to golden stellate or dendritic hairs; leaves ovate(-lanceolate) or oblong-elliptic, 2.8-9 x 1-3.6 cm, stellate pubescent; inflorescences in terminal fasciculate to spiciform cymes compounded into globose or conical heads 1.5-4.5 cm long; calyx purple tinged in distal half, scarious; corolla 19-22 mm long, pink to purple or rarely white with numerous long hairs on lobes; capsule 8.5-10 mm long; seeds 2-3 x 1.8-2.7 mm.
Type location:
India
Notes: Plants from N Zambia are of the form previously separated as L. sciaphila for which the leaves are oblong-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate with ± prominent reticulate venation beneath and the stems have a golden-yellow indumentum.
Derivation of specific name: scariosa:from scarious meaning thin, dry or parchment-like
Habitat: In miombo and mopane woodland, associated grassland, often on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: 600 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Mar - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Mali, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola. Also in Arabia and India.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N,Mc,E,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 6 July 2021
Literature:

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 22 - 23.

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 14.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 19.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Lepidagathis scariosa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153460, retrieved 19 September 2021

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