Dissotis simonis-jamesii Buscal. & Muschl.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Woody herb (? suffrutex) 0.6–1.5 m. high; branches 4-angled; branchlets lightly to densely silvery pilose, when dense, indumentum appearing somewhat cobwebby. Leaf-lamina conduplicate and reflexed, lanceolate to lanceolate-ovate, 1–6 cm. long, 0.3–1–5 cm. wide, apex acute, base rounded, appressed silvery pilose or sometimes cobwebby on both surfaces; midrib and 2 pairs of longitudinal nerves lightly impressed above, faintly discernible beneath; petiole 0.5–2 mm. long or absent. Inflorescence of solitary flowers at the apex of branches; flowers 5-merous, subsessile; bracts reddish, broadly ovate, up to 15 mm. long and 15 mm. wide, shortly sericeous. Calyx-tube (fig. 11/5, p. 32) campanulate, 14 mm. long, 10 mm. in diameter, densely silvery sericeous, with simple hairs ± 7 mm. long on appressed linear appendages ± 1 mm. long; lobes tardily deciduous, oblong-ovate, 14 mm. long, 5 mm. wide, silvery sericeous except for the glabrous tip, margins ciliate; intersepalar appendages ovate, ± 2 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, coarsely pilose along the margins, the body sericeous. Petals obovate, 45–50 mm. long, 40 mm. wide. Stamens 10, markedly unequal; 5 large stamens with anthers 13–15 mm. long, free part of connective arcuate, 20–30 mm. long, bilobed appendage 1–3 mm. long, filament 15 mm. long; 5 short stamens with anthers 9–12 mm. long, connective produced 4 mm., bilobed appendage 0.5–1.5 mm. long, filament 15 mm. long. Fruiting calyx with setose apex of capsule slightly exserted.
From FZ, Vol 4, Part 0, page 220, (1978) Author: R. and A. Fernandes
Type location:
Zambia, Bangweulu
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In swamps
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Known only in the Northern Province of Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Tuesday 22 August 2017

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 258 - 259.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Dissotis simonis-jamesii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=191950, retrieved 25 January 2022

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