Lelya osteocarpa Bremek.

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Lelya osteocarpa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Roadside Kaperepeza road near Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

Lelya osteocarpa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Roadside Kaperepeza road near Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

Lelya osteocarpa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Roadside Kaperepeza road near Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

Lelya osteocarpa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Roadside Kaperepeza road near Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

Lelya osteocarpa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Roadside Kaperepeza road near Zovo Chipolo Forest, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Lelya prostrata (R.D. Good) W.H.Lewis
Lelya prostrata (R.D. Good) W.H.Lewis var. angustifolia (Bremek.) W.H.Lewis
Spermacoce prostrata R.D.Good
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, with many branching pubescent stems 2.5–10 cm long radiating from a woody rootstock, often forming small mats. Leaves elliptic to lanceolate, up to 1,5 cm long, rather thick, pubescent beneath with 2–3 distinct lateral veins; margins often recurved; petiole 1-2.5 mm long, pubescent, united with the stipule sheath in lower half; stipule sheath triangular-ovate, 1–2.5 mm long; 3-5-lobed, 0.8–3 mm long. Pedicels 1-4 mm long, mostly pubescent. Corolla white or blue, pubescent outside; tube 1.6–3 mm long; lobes 2–5 mm long. Capsule globose or ovoid, c. 2.2 mm long and wide, hairless or with short spreading hairs, beaked.
Type location:
Angola
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Habitat: Among grasses on hillsides, roadsides and on open burnt ground.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Nigeria, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
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Content last updated: Friday 3 May 2019
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 242. as Lelya prostrata var. prostrata and var. angustifolia (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 89. as Lelya prostrata var. prostrata and var. angustifolia

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 118 - 120. as Lelya prostrata var. prostrata and var. angustifolia (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Lelya osteocarpa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=189680, retrieved 27 May 2024

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