Cyanotis speciosa (L.f.) Hassk.
subsp. speciosa

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Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views, Vumba

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Synonyms: Commelina nodiflora Kunth
Common names: Doll's powderpuff (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, stems up to 50 cm long, procumbent to sub-erect, growing from a swollen, often u-shaped rhizome with long slender roots. Leaves mostly basal with long hairs beneath; sheaths purplish. Flowers in up to 6 pseudo-axillary clusters, borne in fleshy leaf-like bracts; tepals pink, mauve or blue; stamens embedded in dense blue hairs.
Derivation of specific name: speciosa: showy, good-looking
Habitat: In shallow soil among rocks, mostly in Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: From southern Tanzania to South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape. Also Madagascar.
Mozambique distribution: MS (other?)
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Endemic status:
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 52. As Cyanotis speciosa (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 244 - 245. as Cyanotis nodiflora (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 297. as Cyanotis speciosa

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11. As Cyanotis speciosa

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 307. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 87.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 39 - 40. as Cyanotis speciosa (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 117. As: Cyanotis speciosa

Other sources of information about Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa:

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Flora of Botswana: Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa
Flora of Malawi: Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyanotis speciosa
African Plant Database: Cyanotis speciosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyanotis speciosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyanotis speciosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cyanotis speciosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyanotis speciosa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cyanotis speciosa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cyanotis speciosa
iNaturalist: Cyanotis speciosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyanotis speciosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyanotis speciosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyanotis speciosa
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyanotis speciosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyanotis speciosa
Plants of the World Online: Cyanotis speciosa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cyanotis speciosa
Tropicos: Cyanotis speciosa
Wikipedia: Cyanotis speciosa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cyanotis speciosa subsp. speciosa., retrieved 29 January 2020

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