Aristea abyssinica Pax

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Aristea abyssinica

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Tsetsera plateau

Aristea abyssinica

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tsetsera plateau

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Synonyms: Aristea alata Baker subsp. abyssinica (Pax) Weim.
Aristea cognata N.E. Br. ex Weim.
Aristea johnstoniana Rendle
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Status: Native
Perennial herb, 12-30 cm tall, often of much smaller size than related species, especially at higher altitudes. Leaves several, linear, 2-5 mm wide, all basal except for 1 short leaf, 3-5 cm long near the apex of the compressed, broadly winged, unbranched stem. Flowers in 1-3 subsessile, 4-flowered, (sub)terminal clusters, blue. Capsule 7-9 mm long, ovoid-obovoid.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: In (sub)montane grassland, often on shallow soil overlying rock.
Altitude range: Above 1500 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa as far as Eastern Cape.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Sunday 29 July 2012

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 6 - 8. (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 92.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 11 - 12. As Aristea alata (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 109.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aristea abyssinica., retrieved 12 December 2023

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