Wahlenbergia capitata (Baker) Thulin

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Wahlenbergia capitata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Nhamadzi River, lower Chimanimani Conservation Area

Wahlenbergia capitata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Nhamadzi River, lower Chimanimani Conservation Area

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Synonyms: Lightfootia bequaertii De Wild. & Ledoux
Lightfootia capitata Baker
Lightfootia elegans Gilli
Lightfootia glomerata Engl. var. subspicata Engl.
Lightfootia glomerata Engl. var. capitata (Baker) Lambinon
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Status: Native
Annual or perennial erect or somewhat sprawling herb. Leaves alternate, linear to narrowly lanceolate, sessile, hirsute on the veins beneath; margin dentate and ± dentate. Inflorescence a terminal head. Calyx lobes 2-4 mm. Corolla split almost to base, into linear lobes, blue, white or mauve. Ovary 3-locular, semi-inferior; style with 3 lobes.
Derivation of specific name: capitata: in the form of a head, capitate
Habitat: In grassland and woodland and in formerly cultivated areas, often preferring sandy soils
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Worldwide distribution: Uganda, Tanzania, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS
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Content last updated: Wednesday 21 May 2014

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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 123.

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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 31.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 38.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 64.

Thulin, M. (1983). Campanulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 99 - 101. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Wahlenbergia capitata
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Flora of Zambia: Wahlenbergia capitata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Wahlenbergia capitata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Wahlenbergia capitata
African Plant Database: Wahlenbergia capitata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Wahlenbergia capitata
Plants of the World Online: Wahlenbergia capitata
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Wikipedia: Wahlenbergia capitata

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: Wahlenbergia capitata.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157580, retrieved 22 June 2024

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