Thesium dolichomeres Brenan

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Thesium dolichomeres

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Thesium dolichomeres

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Thesium dolichomeres

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Thesium dolichomeres

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Thesium dolichomeres

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Thesium dolichomeres

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Thesium dolichomeres

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms:
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Sparsely leafy, small virgate shrub, up to 1.5 m high; stems weakly ribbed by decurrent leaves. Leaves linear, up to 23 mm long but becoming much shorter upwards, midrib not visible. Flowers in lax 8-22-flowered terminal spikes; spikes together forming a spreading panicle. Bracts leaf-like, 2-3.5 mm long; each flower solitary and sessile in the axil of a bract. Perianth creamy-white, fading to browinsh-yellow; tube 1-1.3 mm long with inconspicuous ellipsoid glands; lobes oblong, 4-7-6 mm long; margins strongly inflexed, densely fringed with white curled hairs. Fruit 2.5-3 mm long and wide, pale reddish-brown, with lighly raised ribs and reticulations.
Notes: The specimen in the images above (Hadj-Hammou 018, April 17 2014, SRGH,K, BR, LMA) is the first record for Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In rocky places in Brachystegia woodland and scrub, on quartzite, granite or schist.
Altitude range: 1300 - 1675 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the Chimanimani Mts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Content last updated: Thursday 20 November 2014
Literature:

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 55.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 94.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 176.

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 55. As Thesium sp. no 2.

Hilliard, O.M. (2006). Santalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 217 - 219. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 146.

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 76.

Timberlake, J., Darbyshire, I., Wursten, B., Hadj-Hammou, J., Ballings, P., Mapaura, A., Matimele, H., Banze, A., Chipanga, H., Muassinar, D., Massunde, J., Chelene, I., Osborne, J., Shah, T. (2016). Chimanimani Mountains: Botany and Conservation. Report produced under CEPF Grant 63512. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. Page 47.

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Pages 138 - 139. Protologue

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Thesium dolichomeres
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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: Thesium dolichomeres.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121390, retrieved 24 September 2020

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