Dissotis lanata A. & R. Fernandes

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Dissotis lanata

Montane scrub
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Dissotis lanata

Montane scrub
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Dissotis lanata

Montane scrub
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Dissotis lanata

Montane scrub
Mafinga Mts., Mafinga Distr.
Jan 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Dissotidendron lanatum (A. Fern. & R. Fern.) Veranso-Libalah & G. Kadereit
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub up to 1.5 m tall with stems at first covered with woolly tomentum but becoming glabrous and corky. Leaves clustered near the apex of current years growth, longitudinally 5-nerved from base, narrowly elliptic to elliptic or ovate, 4-7.5(11.5) x 1.4-3.5(5) cm, subacute to subobtuse at apex, rounded to cordate at base, green with conic projections each ending in a bristle on upper surface, lower surface densely floccose-tomentose. Flowers 5-merous, arranged in dense umbel-like cymes at the ends of branches; receptacle 11 x 7 mm, bell-shaped and slightly constricted below sepals, longitudinally 10-ribbed, floccose-tomentose; sepals 6-7 x 4 mm, triangular; stamens 10, very unequal, longer stames with filaments 16 mm long and anthers 11 mm long, shorter stamens with filaments 12.5 mm long and anthers 9 mm long; fructiferous receptacle subhemispherical, becoming glabrous and crowned with the persistent and reflexed sepals; seeds c. 0.75 cm in diameter.
Type location:
Malawi
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: lanatum: wooly or downy, referring to the lower leaf surface
Habitat: Montane scrub
Altitude range: 2000 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Jan - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Mafinga Mountains of Malawi and Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Monday 14 February 2022
Literature:

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 253.

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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 lanata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=227180, retrieved 25 September 2022

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