Diplolophium buchananii (Benth. ex Oliv.) C. Norman
subsp. buchananii

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Diplolophium buchananii subsp. buchananii

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Mt Mulanje.

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Synonyms: Physotrichia buchananii Benth. ex Oliv.
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Robust perennial herb 1-2 m high, stems and leaves often pale grey-green. Leaves hairless, deeply lobed to pinnate; leaflets often lobed or divided again; ultimate segments broadly ovate to narrowly elliptic, 4-6.5 cm long, leathery to somewhat fleshy; margin entire or with 3 teeth at the apex; petiole sheathing or auriculate at the base. Inflorescences in large terminal, subglobose umbels with rays 5-9 cm long. Flowers numerous, small, greenish-white to creamy-yellow.
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Buchanan_(settler).
Habitat: Moist places in rocky grassland and Brachystegia woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Malawi and northern parts of Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z
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Content last updated: Saturday 14 September 2019

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 52 - 53. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 61. as Diplolophium buchananii (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 602 - 603.

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 20.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 41.

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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: Diplolophium buchananii subsp. buchananii.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=181600, retrieved 15 June 2024

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