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).
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