Passerina montana Thoday

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Passerina montana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Passerina montana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Passerina montana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Passerina montana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

Passerina montana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Silver Mist cottage, near Troutbeck

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Synonyms:
Common names: Dzeya (Shona) False-heather (English) Firebeater (English) Madzimo (Shona) Mountain gonna (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub up to 3 m high with numerous short and slender, densely woolly hairy branchlets. Leaves opposite, crowded and somewhat appressed to the branches, small and needle-like, linear-ovate, 1.3-5 mm long, hairless.Inflorescences terminal mostly 4-flowered clusters on numerous short upper branchlets, together forming compound inflorescences. Bracts subtending the flower clusters 4, ovate to obovate, 4-6 mm long, often keeled. Flowers yellowish, pink or red, lobes 2-3 mm long.
Notes: Resembles a shrub-like Erica sp. but it has strictly opposite small leaves and not in whorls of 3-4.
Derivation of specific name: montana: of mountainous areas (montane)
Habitat: Montane grassland, miombo woodland and along streams, often as part of ericoid vegetation.
Altitude range: (metres) 1370 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 23 July 2015
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 779.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 262.

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 80.

Peterson, B. (updated by Verdcourt, B.) (2006). Thymelaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 115 - 117. (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 452 - 453. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Passerina montana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=141370, retrieved 23 September 2017

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