Hypericum aethiopicum Thunb.
subsp. sonderi (Bredell) N. Robson

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Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Chinziwa, Vumba Mts

Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Chinziwa, Vumba Mts

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Common names:
Status: Native
Tufted perennial herb with unbranched stems, usually less than c. 20 cm long. Leaves opposite, sessile, ovate, oblong or almost round, up to 25 × 15 mm, with prominent translucent gland dots; apex obtuse or rounded; margin entire but often rolled under. Flowers c. 2.5 cm in diameter, in terminal clusters, rarely solitary; sepals lanceolate, acuminate, subequal, with translucent and dark glad dots; petals yellow, often tinged with red with dark gland dots scattered on margins and lamina; stamens numerous; styles usually 3, rarely 4 and ovary 3-locular. Fruit a capsule, erect.
Notes: See the similar H. peplidifolium for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: aethiopicum: of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa
Habitat: Occurring mostly in grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and North-east South Africa. Subsp. aethiopicum is confined to the Cape, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eurema desjardinsii marshalli (Food plant)
Eurema hecabe solifera (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Thursday 19 March 2009

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 59.

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 35.

Robson, N.K.B. (1961). Guttiferae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 382 - 384. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 92.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hypericum aethiopicum
African Plant Database: Hypericum aethiopicum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hypericum aethiopicum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hypericum aethiopicum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hypericum aethiopicum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hypericum aethiopicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Hypericum aethiopicum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hypericum aethiopicum
Plants of the World Online: Hypericum aethiopicum
Tropicos: Hypericum aethiopicum
Wikipedia: Hypericum aethiopicum

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: Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140350, retrieved 2 March 2024

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