Craterostigma lanceolatum (Engl.) Skan

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Craterostigma lanceolatum

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Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Craterostigma lanceolatum

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Trout Research Centre, Lake Gulliver, Nyanga National Park

Craterostigma lanceolatum

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Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Craterostigma lanceolatum

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Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Craterostigma nanum var. lanceolatum
Common names:
Status: Uncertain
Small perennial herb, usually less than 15 cm tall. Leaves erect, in a basal rosette, lanceolate, sometimes hairless above and pubescent on the veins beneath but regularly pubescent all over; 3-5 veins prominent beneath. Inflorescence up to 12 cm tall, racemose. Flowers white with purple markings or mauve, purple or pink, 2-lipped; lower lip 3-lobed; lobes obtuse.
Notes: Although this species has apparently not yet been recorded from Mozambique, it is likely to occur there. Several known specimens from Zimbabwe were recorded from very near the border in both the Chimanimani Mts (Goodier & Phipps 43, BM) and the Tsetsera range (Exell, Mendonça & Wild 292, K).
Derivation of specific name: lanceolatum: lanceolate, referring to the leaves
Habitat: In seasonally wet, shallow soil overlying rock.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and probably Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS?
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17.

Hepper, F.N. (1990). Craterostigma Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Page 54.

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 77. Under Scrophulariaceae

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Page 54.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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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: Craterostigma lanceolatum., retrieved 20 April 2024

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