Galium bussei K. Schum. & K. Krause

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Galium bussei

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Mtoroshanga Pass

Galium bussei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mtoroshanga Pass

Galium bussei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Galium bussei K. Schum. & K. Krause var. glabrum Brenan
Galium bussei K. Schum. & K. Krause var. strictius Brenan
Galium bussei K. Schum. & K. Krause var. glabrostrictius Brenan
Galium stenophyllum Baker var. flavoviride Itzschn. & Merxm.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a woody roostock. Stems erect or semi-erect up to 60 cm. Leaves in whorls of 5-10, linear-oblanceolate with strongly recurved margins. Inflorescence dense, many-flowered. Flowers cream to pale yellow.
Notes: Plants both with whitish hairs on the stems and leaves mostly hairless specimens both are found in Zimbabwe. These were formerly recognized as different varieties but this is no longer accepted.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland or grassy areas in Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2250 m
Flowering time:(Jan)
Worldwide distribution:
Mozambique distribution: N
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 25 May 2008

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 241. as var. bussei, var. glabrum and var. strictius

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

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 72. as var. bussei and var. glabrum

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 162. as var. glabrum

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Page 199. as var. bussei, var. glabrum, var. strictius and var. glabrostrictius

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98. as var. glabrum

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Flora of Malawi: Galium bussei
Flora of Zimbabwe: Galium bussei

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Galium bussei
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Galium bussei
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Galium bussei
JSTOR Plant Science: Galium bussei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Galium bussei
Plants of the World Online: Galium bussei
Tropicos: Galium bussei
Wikipedia: Galium bussei

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: Galium bussei., retrieved 12 April 2024

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