Pavetta cataractarum S. Moore

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Pavetta cataractarum

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Mana Pools

Pavetta cataractarum

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Rainforest opposite Devil's Cataract, Victoria falls.

Pavetta cataractarum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rainforest opposite Devil's Cataract, Victoria falls.

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Synonyms: Pavetta cataractarum S. Moore var. hirtiflora Bremek.
Pavetta conflatiflora S. Moore
Pavetta incana sensu R.B. Drumm.
Common names: Zambezi bride's bush (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or rarely a small tree. Bark grey or buff; young branches velvety. Leaves opposite, obovate to oblanceolate, 6-16 cm long, densely grey-velvety below, domatia absent but bacterial nodules present along the veins and scattered; leaf base running down the petiole; stipules awned. Flowers in dense terminal heads, subtended by up to 3 pairs of leaves. Corolla 1-1.5 cm long, white; style up to 2.5 cm long, exserted. Fruit spherical, 6-8 mm in diameter, velvety, crowned by the remains of the calyx.
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Habitat: In riverine forest and woodland, often on termite mounds.
Flowering time:Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, DRC (Katanga), Namibia, southern Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Botswana distribution: N
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Content last updated: Monday 5 October 2015

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 558 - 559.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 621. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 420. (Includes a picture).

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 73.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 104. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 98.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Pavetta cataractarum., retrieved 22 June 2024

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