African Plant Database

Laportea aestuans (L.) Chew
Protologue : Gard. Bull. Singapore 21: 200 (1965)
Information on the genus : Laportea
Basionym : Urtica aestuans L.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Fleurya aestuans (L.) Gaudich.
 Urtica aestuans L. (1763)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Fleurya perrieri Leandri
=Laportea bathiei Leandri (1965)
=Fleurya bathiei Leandri
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Monoecious annual herb with somewhat fleshy stems slightly woody at base and 2 cm Ø, hollow, with few branches, 0,1-2 m tall, glabrescent to densely covered with simple irritant hairs to ± 1 mm long and soft glandular hairs 1-3 mm long[…]
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Ecology : Rain-forest area, scattered along roads, near habitations, abandoned grounds; more rare in savannas; always in semi-shade; sometimes in rock crevices; rain-forest with Chrysophyllum albidum, Cola gigantea, […]
  ± 0-1300 m alt. With or without stinging hairs, but often an unpleasantly stinging plant. Very common in Zaire (49 collections cited in 1948). A popular potherb (Ghana).
  Cape Verde Isl.; Bioko/Fernando Poo; Madagascar; Arabia, India, Taiwan, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands; tropical America, West Indies.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:347 (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
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