Pupalia micrantha Hauman

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Pupalia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
EO Wilson science centre, Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Pupalia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
EO Wilson science centre, Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Pupalia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
EO Wilson science centre, Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Pupalia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
EO Wilson science centre, Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Pupalia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
EO Wilson science centre, Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Pupalia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
EO Wilson science centre, Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Pupalia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
EO Wilson science centre, Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Pupalia micrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
EO Wilson science centre, Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Cyathula prostrata (Linn.) Blume var. grandiflora Suesseng.
Pupalia psilotrichoides Suesseng.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Bushy or straggling annual herb up to 1.5 m tall but usually smaller, branches divaricate from the base upwards, more or less densely whitish pubescent. Leaves lanceolate-ovate to elliptic, 5.5–15 cm long, dark green, thinly hairy above, paler and more densely and shortly pubescent beneath; leaves of upper part of stem and branches much reducing in size; petiole 0.5–1.8 cm. Inflorescences solitary or paired in the leaf axils, up to 4–5 together at the ends of the stem and branches, simple or sometimes branched, elongating when flowers open, up to c. 25 cm long, more or less densely hairy. Bracts lanceolate-ovate, 1–1.5 mm long, persistent, more or less thinly hairy, each subtending a single triad of one fertile and two sterile flowers. Tepals oblong-ovate, 2.75–3.5 mm long, green with broad white margins, outer 2 tepals slightly longer and broader. Sterile flowers bearing c. 5–8 hooked setae up to c. 2 mm long, not forming a dense “burr” or concealing the fertile flower. Fruit an ovoid, somewhat compressed capsule c. 1.75–2 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: micrantha: small-flowered.
Habitat: In thickets and forest, usually in shade and not far from water, sometimes in tall grassland and as a weed of disturbed ground.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Recorded from Ivory Coast, Nigeria, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Madagascar. Apparently introduced in Taiwan and Western Australia.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 26 April 2018
Literature:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 16.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 22.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 88 - 90. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Pupalia micrantha:

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Flora of Malawi: Pupalia micrantha
Flora of Mozambique: Pupalia micrantha
Flora of Zambia: Pupalia micrantha
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pupalia micrantha

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pupalia micrantha
African Plant Database: Pupalia micrantha
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pupalia micrantha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pupalia micrantha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pupalia micrantha
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pupalia micrantha
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pupalia micrantha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pupalia micrantha
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Pupalia micrantha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pupalia micrantha
Ispot Southern Africa: Pupalia micrantha
JSTOR Plant Science: Pupalia micrantha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pupalia micrantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pupalia micrantha
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pupalia micrantha
Tropicos: Pupalia micrantha


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Pupalia micrantha.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122390, retrieved 19 October 2018

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