Gnidia mollis C.H. Wright

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Gnidia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya, Mzimba.

Gnidia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya, Mzimba.

Gnidia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya, Mzimba.

Gnidia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya, Mzimba.

Gnidia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Luwawa Forest Reserve, Viphya, Mzimba.

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Synonyms: Gnidia wittei Staner
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Slender shrub, up to 1.6 m high, branching above the middle. Branches densely pubescent when young, hairless when older, reddish-brown. Leaves alternate, held stiffly erect, elliptic, to narrowly ovate or obovate, 12-19 mm long, densely ciliate and rather shaggy pubescent beneath when young. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, 50-100-flowered, 20-25 mm in diameter. Each inflorescence consisting of numerous smaller heads, up to 15-flowered, surrounded by 4-5 membranous hairy green to reddish bracts. Flowers 4-merous, white, pale yellow or tinged pinkish. Pedicels minute with soft hairs up to 6 mm long. Tube 8-12 mm long, densely shaggy hairy above.
Type location:
Syntypes from Tanzania and Mozambique
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: mollis: soft, referring to the densely velvety hairy look of this species.
Habitat: Often in wet grasslands, bogs and dambos, more rarely on dry hillsides.
Altitude range: 900 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Content last updated: Sunday 10 March 2019
Literature:

Peterson, B. (updated by Verdcourt, B.) (2006). Thymelaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 103 - 104.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 101.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gnidia mollis
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Gnidia mollis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=176320, retrieved 19 March 2019

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