Melhania virescens (K. Schum.) K. Schum.

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Melhania virescens

Photo: Riana Fourie
Ngamiland East.

Melhania virescens

Photo: Riana Fourie
Ngamiland East.

Melhania virescens

Photo: Riana Fourie
Ngamiland East.

Melhania virescens

Photo: Riana Fourie
Ngamiland East.

Melhania virescens

Photo: Riana Fourie
Ngamiland East.

Melhania virescens

Photo: Riana Fourie
Ngamiland East.

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Synonyms: Melhania bolusii Burtt Davy
Melhania griquensis sensu H. Wild in Flora Zambesiaca 1(1), 1961: 531
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Branched perennial herb, up to 30 cm high, most parts greyish hairy. Leaves broadly oblong-elliptic, up to 3 cm long; margin coarsely crenate-dentate; petiole up to 1.3 cm long. Flowers in the upper leaf axils. Epicalyx bracts linear-subulate. Sepals lanceolate, pointed. Petals bright yellow, broadly obovate; style 1-2 mm long. Fruit, ovoid, greyish hairy hairy.
Notes: This species is generally very similar to Melhania rehmannii but can be distinguished by the epicalyx bracts always being linear-subulate, never ovate.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In very dry woodland and scrub.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SW
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 23 April 2022
Literature:

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 531. as Melhania griquensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Melhania virescens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Melhania virescens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Melhania virescens
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Melhania virescens
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Melhania virescens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Melhania virescens
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Melhania virescens
JSTOR Plant Science: Melhania virescens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melhania virescens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Melhania virescens
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Melhania virescens.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=194020, retrieved 26 May 2022

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