Adenostemma mauritianum DC.

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Adenostemma mauritianum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Lavenia erecta Sieber
Common names:
Status: Native
Ascending perennial herb, up to 1.2 m high, rooting at the base; stem somewhat fleshy, hairless or sparsely pubescent towards the apex. Leaves broadly triangular to ovate, up to 16 cm long, blade running into the petiole as narrow wings, dark green above, paler beneath, almost hairless or with a few scabrid hairs; margin toothed or crenate; petiole up to 7.5 cm long. Inflorescence branched with terminal capitula 4-10 mm in diameter; capitula stalks 1.2-5 cm long, densely pubescent; involucral bracts, narrowly elliptic-oblong, 4-5 mm long, green, sparsely pubescent. Florets 21-28, 2-3 mm long, white; style 3.5-4 mm long. Achenes 2.5-4 mm long, smooth (never tuberculate), hairless or with a few minute glands; pappus of 3-4 pegs, c. 1 mm long.
Type location:
Notes: Included here on the basis of a listing for Zambia in Flora of Tropical Africa Compositae part 3: 824, 2005.
Derivation of specific name: mauritianum: of Mauritius
Habitat: In forest clearings and margins and high rainfall woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:(Aug)
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 823 - 824. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3.

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 23.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Adenostemma mauritianum
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Wikipedia: Adenostemma mauritianum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Adenostemma mauritianum., retrieved 6 July 2020

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