Cyanotis lanata Benth.

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Cyanotis lanata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Zamambo Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Cyanotis lanata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Zamambo Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Cyanotis lanata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Khodzue Gorge

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Synonyms: Cyanotis lanata Benth. var. schweinfurthii (Hassk.) C.B. Clarke
Cyanotis lanata Benth. var. sublanata C.B. Clarke
Cyanotis lanata Benth. var. rubescens (A. Chev.) Schnell
Cyanotis rubescens A. Chev.
Cyanotis schweinfurthii Hassk.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual herb. Leaves basal, up to c. 10 cm long, narrowly oblong, thick and fleshy, sheathing at the base, covered in soft appressed hairs or almost hairless. Flowers in few-flowered clusters held in a fleshy leaf-like bracts; tepals pink, mauve, violet or blue, often white in the centre; stamens embedded in dense blue hairs.
Derivation of specific name: lanata: woolly
Habitat: In shallow soil overlying rock or in cracks and crevices, often forming extensive patches in seepage areas.
Altitude range: 50 - 2150 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal and Eswatini.
Mozambique distribution: MS (other?)
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Friday 22 September 2017

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 71.

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Flora of Botswana: Cyanotis lanata
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyanotis lanata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyanotis lanata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyanotis lanata
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cyanotis lanata., retrieved 12 April 2024

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