Pachycarpus chirindensis (S. Moore) Goyder

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Pachycarpus chirindensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Grassland plateau nr Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa

Pachycarpus chirindensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Grassland plateau nr Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa

Pachycarpus chirindensis

Photo: Fraser Gear
Lower slopes below Mt Binga, Chimanimani MTs

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Synonyms: Schizoglossum chirindense S. Moore
Schizoglossum gigantiglossum Weim.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with 1-3 annual stems, growing from a slender vertical tuberous rootstock. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, lanceolate, up to 11 × 3.5 cm, pubescent on both surfaces; apex pointed, rounded or truncate at the base; margin with minute rough hairs. Inflorescences terminal and extra-axillary, 6-18-flowered spherical umbels. Corolla campanulate, reddish-purple, occasionally yellow, hairless or minutely papillate inside, pubescent outside. Lobes up to 12 × 8 mm, ovate-oblong to obovate, pointed and recurved at the apex. Corona lobes reddish-brown, flattened, spreading at the base, ascending to erect above, up to 13 × 4.5 mm, spathulate to obtriangular. Follicle erect on a twisted pedicel, up to 12 × 3 cm, lanceolate-fusiform with 6 longitudinal wings.
Derivation of specific name: chirindensis: of the Chirinda Forest.
Habitat: In rocky grassland.
Altitude range: 860 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Zimbabwe and adjacent areas of Mozambique including Mt Gorongosa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Saturday 22 November 2008

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 42.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 27. As Schizoglossum gigantoglossum

Goyder, D.J. (1998). A revision of Pachycarpus E. Mey. in tropical Africa with notes on the genus in southern Africa Kew Bulletin 53 Pages 353 - 357. (Includes a picture).

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 309 - 310. (Includes a picture).

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 21.

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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: Pachycarpus chirindensis., retrieved 20 May 2024

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