African Plant Database

Waltheria indica L.
Family : Sterculiaceae
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 2: 673 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Waltheria
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Waltheria americana var. indica (L.) K. Schum.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Waltheria americana L.
=Waltheria americana var. subspicata K. Schum.
=Waltheria americana var. sahelica Roberty (1953)
=Waltheria laxa Thulin (1999)
=Waltheria elliptica Cav. (1788)
=Melochia corchorifolia var. densiflora K. Schum.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb or subshrub 0,75->1,5 m tall.
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Ecology : woodland and bushland; often on rocky hills or on gravelly soil; river-beds; humid sand of depressions; dune and sandy, grassy plains; flooded areas; also ruderal; savanna; cultivated ground; 5-1650 m alt.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology: annual -Herb - Ht 0.6 - 1.3 m. Alt: 30 - 1585 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, GA, KN, LP, MP, NC, NW, SWZ
Biol./Eco : Herb, Shrub; distribution: Africa. Comoros,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Sterculiaceae : 127 (2007).
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:290 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 131 (1985).

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • HANSEN, A. & P. SUNDING (1993). Flora of Macaronesia. Checklist of vascular plants. 4. revised edition Sommerfeltia 17: 1-295
  • LEBRUN, J. P. (1998). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires de la Mauritanie et du Sahara occidental. Boissiera 55: 100
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 2: 115 (2000).
  • List. Esp. Sylv. Canarias : 121 (2004).
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Record n°120527 modified 2009-06-24
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