Pentas schimperiana (A.Rich.) Vatke
subsp. schimperiana

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Pentas schimperiana subsp. schimperiana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Pentas schimperiana subsp. schimperiana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Pentas schimperiana subsp. schimperiana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Pentas schimperiana subsp. schimperiana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Neurocarpaea thomsonii (Scott Elliot) S. Moore
Pentas schimperi Engl.
Pentas thomsonii Scott Elliot
Vignaldia schimperiana A. Rich.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or woody herb up to c. 3 m tall, with wrinkled blackish or purplish-black woody stems. Leaves ovate, ovate-lanceolate or ovate-oblong, 6–21 cm long, acute to, appressed rusty hairy above and on the characteristic reticulate venation beneath; petiole 0–1.5 cm long, rusty velvety; stipules large, with c. 6–10 linear-lanceolate brown hairy setae 0.2–1.5 cm long from a variable base 3–8 long and wide; these bases connate and forming persistent cups at the nodes on old stems. Inflorescences branched, 2.5–15 cm wide; peduncles up to 1.5 cm long, velvety pubescent. Calyx tube hairy, 1.5–3 mm long; lobes linear, subequal, 0.3–1.2 cm, hairy outside, more or less equalling the length of the corolla tube. Corolla musky scented, white, often tinged pink, or entirely pinkish, hairless or pubescent; tube 0.5–1.4 cm long; lobes 3–7 mm long, the tips thickened and inflexed. Fruit 4–6 mm long and wide, the persistent calyx lobes often reflexed.
Type location:
Ethiopia
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: schimperiana: after Georg Heinrich Wilhelm Schimper (1804-1878) who collected mainly in Ethiopia.
Habitat: Montane forest, particularly at margins with grassland, scrub, Pteridium-Protea-Kotschya thicket, on streambanks, at edges of bogs and in more or less open ground.
Altitude range: 1710 - 2350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 9 September 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 251.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 91.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 67 - 68.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 487.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pentas schimperiana subsp. schimperiana.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=189560, retrieved 14 November 2018

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