Selago goetzei Rolfe
subsp. ambigua Hilliard

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Selago goetzei subsp. ambigua

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The Gwasha, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Selago goetzei subsp. ambigua

Photo: Bart Wursten
The Gwasha, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Selago goetzei subsp. ambigua

Photo: Bart Wursten
The Gwasha, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Walafrida goetzei (Rolfe) Brenan var. pubescentior Brenan
Walafrida goetzei (Rolfe) Brenan var. brevipila Brenan
Common names:
Status: Native
More or less erect perennial herb with several mostly unbranched stems up to 1 m long, growing from a woody base. Stems with short spreading or recurved hairs. Leaves up to 18 mm long, linear to linear-lanceolate, roughly hairy to almost hairless; margin ciliate-hairy or with a few teeth towards the apex. Inflorescence of many compact racemes together forming a corymbose terminal head. Corolla c. 6 mm long, blue, lilac, mauve or pale purple, hairless. or mauve.
Notes: Although listed as a Zimbabwe endemic, its fairly widespread occurence in the border mountains, including Stapleford, Engwa and Chimanimanis, indicate tht it is very likely also found in adjacent areas in Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: goetzei: named after Walter Goetze (1872-1899), German naturalist, explorer, photographer and collector in Tanzania.
Habitat: Montane grassland.
Altitude range: Up to 2140 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the border highlands of Zimbabwe and Mozambique (see note).
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 182.

Hilliard, O.M. (1999). The tribe Selagineae (Scrophulariaceae) Kew Publishing Pages 234 - 236.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 148.

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 79. as Walafrida goetzei in Selaginaceae

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 167 - 168. as Walafrida goetzei

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 100.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Selago goetzei subsp. ambigua

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Selago goetzei
African Plant Database: Selago goetzei
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Selago goetzei
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Selago goetzei
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Wikipedia: Selago goetzei

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: Selago goetzei subsp. ambigua., retrieved 21 May 2024

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