Combretum mweroense Baker

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Combretum mweroense

Margins of Itigi thicket and munga woodland
Nsumbu National Park
Jun 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Combretum mweroense

Margins of Itigi thicket and munga woodland
Nsumbu National Park
Jun 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Combretum mweroense

Margins of Itigi thicket and munga woodland
Nsumbu National Park
Jun 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Status: Native
Scrambler or shrub up to c. 1·2 m. high, leafless when flowering; branchlets coarsely tomentose when young. Leaves opposite; lamina 4–5 x 2·5 cm., ovate, tomentose, acuminate at the apex, cordate at the base; lateral nerves 6–7 pairs; petiole 1 mm. long. Inflorescences of dense abbreviated subsessile lateral spikes up to 2·5 cm. long; rhachis coarsely tomentose with black stipitate glands. Flowers pink to reddish-yellow. Lower receptacle c. 3 mm. long, very densely sericeous-pilose; upper receptacle up to 12 mm. long, 2–2·5 mm. wide at the base and up to 4 mm. wide at the apex, tubular to infundibuliform, sericeous-pilose, scarcely constricted but somewhat expanded at the apex. Sepals up to 4-·5 mm. long, very narrowly triangular, with black stipitate glands (sometimes sparse) up to 0·8 mm. long. Petals 4–5 x 1·5 mm., narrowly elliptic, densely pilose, not exceeding the sepals. Stamen-filaments 14–20 mm. long; anthers orange-red, 0·9–1·1 mm. long. Disk rather fleshy, 2 mm. in diam., margin pilose, not free. Style 18–20 mm. long. Fruit up to 4·5 x 4 cm., subcircular to oblong in outline, densely pubescent and with black stipitate glands up to 0·8 mm. long, apical peg absent, wings c. 10 mm. broad, chartaceous, decurrent into the stipe, stipe up to 5 mm. long.
From FZ, Vol 4, Part 0, page 100, (1978) Author: A. W. Exell
Type location:
Zambia, Mweru Plateau
Notes: Red data status: VU D2
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Semi-deciduous thicket; in chipya woodland; semi-deciduous scrub.
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, not known elsewhere
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Content last updated: Friday 24 July 2020

Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 156.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Combretum mweroense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Combretum mweroense
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Combretum mweroense
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Combretum mweroense
JSTOR Plant Science: Combretum mweroense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Combretum mweroense
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Wikipedia: Combretum mweroense

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Combretum mweroense., retrieved 11 December 2023

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