African Plant Database

Gunnera perpensa L.
Protologue : Mant. Pl. 21 (1767)
Information on the genus : Gunnera
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Gunnera perpensa var. kilimandscharica Schindl.
=Gunnera perpensa var. alpina T.C.E. Fr.
=Gunnera perpensa var. angusta Schindl. (1905)
=Gunnera calthaefolia Salisb. (1796)
=Perpensum blitispermum Burm. (1796)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial stem-less (stem very short, only 1-2 cm ) hairy herb to 1 m tall; rhizome ±elongated, creeping, to 3 cm , yellow- fleshed (or red); leaves entire, robust, in rosette near top of rhizome.
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Ecology : Swamps, on damp cool ground and in grass by streams; upland forest level; 1500-3800(-4000) m alt. S. Africa; Madagascar.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Hydrophyte- Ht 0.3 - 1.5 m. Alt: 60 - 2775 m. Distribution: EC, FS, GA, KN,
Biol./Eco : Herb; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Mem. Bot. Surv. South Africa : 590 (1966).
  • Field Guide Wild Flrs Witwatersrand : 296 (1988).
  • Strelitzia 6: 486 (1997).
  • Strelitzia 6: 486 (1997).
More info on :
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see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Catalogue de Madagascar
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
carte afrique num 48779
Record n°48779
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