Dissotis romiana De Wild.

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Status: Native
A shrub or small tree up to c. 3 m. high. Young branches striate, scabrous with minute brownish echinulate scales, the oldest greyish, glabrescent. Leaves opposite, petiolate; lamina up to 18 x 6 cm., ovate-lanceolate to ovate, very attenuate and acute at the apex, round or subcordate at the base, crenulate at the margin, somewhat discolorous, light or dark green and with short slightly raised white lines ending in a minute pectinate bristle on the upper face, pale- or yellowish-green and with pectinate or flabellate bristles beneath, longitudinally 5–7-nerved, the longitudinal nerves impressed above, very prominent (especially the midrib) and densely scaly (scales minutely echinulate-setulose) beneath, the transverse nerves and the reticulation inconspicuous above, slightly visible beneath; petiole up to 4–5 cm. long, rough-scaly. Flowers 5-merous, in panicles up to 20 x 12 cm., terminal, pyramidal, somewhat lax; pedicels 1·2 mm. long in flower. Bracts 12–17 x 8–9 mm., ovate to oblong-ovate, acuminate, purplish, shortly setose, caducous. Receptacle 10–12 x 5 mm., cylindric, densely scaly, the scales very minute, appressed, echinulate. Sepals 9–10 mm. long and c. 3 mm. wide at base, lanceolate, attenuate, acute, pink or purple, scaly like the receptacle, caducous; intersepalar segments linear, dilated at the apex into a stellate-setose disk, caducous. Petals c. 2 cm. long, purple. Longer stamens: anthers 11–14 mm. long; pedoconnective c. 22 mm. long with the bifid appendage c. 1 mm. long. Shorter stamens: anthers 10–12 mm. long; pedoconnective c. 2·5 mm. long with the appendage less than 1 mm. long. Fructiferous receptacle 12–13 x 8 mm., urceolate, somewhat contracted above the capsule. Capsule c. 6 mm. in diameter, sub-spherical, appressed-setose, the bristles short, simple. Seeds c. 0·5 mm. long, papillose.
From FZ, Vol 4, Part 0, page 220, (1978) Author: R. and A. Fernandes
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Habitat: In swampy forests along rivers.
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Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
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Endemic status: Near Endemic?
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Content last updated: Tuesday 22 August 2017

Fernandes, R. & A. (1961). Contribution to the knowledge of the MELASTOMATOIDEAE of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Kirkia 1 Page 75.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 261.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dissotis romiana
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Dissotis romiana.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=191940, retrieved 6 October 2022

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