Crossandra greenstockii S. Moore

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Crossandra greenstockii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Namaacha district, Maputo province.

Crossandra greenstockii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Namaacha district, Maputo province.

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Status: Native
Pyrophytic perennial with unbranched stems up to 50 cm high, growing from a creeping woody rootstock. Leaves mostly in a basal rosette, sessile, elliptic to obovate 6-25 cm long, some opposite smaller leaves also along the stems; margin entire, rarely finely toothed. Inflorescence a spike 2-10cm long on a pubescent peduncle 2-24 cm long. Bracts ovate to elliptic, 12-25 mm long, with a recurved sharp tip 1.5-6 mm long, more or less densely velvety and with white capitate glands; each side of the bract 2-7 spreading teeth, 1-6 mm long. Corolla salmon pink to pale red or scarlet with capitate glands; tube 18-25 mm long, straight.
Derivation of specific name: greenstockii: named after Canon William Greenstock (1830?-1912), clergyman, teacher and plant collector in South Africa.
Habitat: In Acacia bushland and grassland, prone to veldfires.
Altitude range: Up to 800 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, Eswatini and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
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Content last updated: Monday 17 October 2016

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 99 - 100.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crossandra greenstockii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Crossandra greenstockii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Crossandra greenstockii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Crossandra greenstockii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Crossandra greenstockii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Crossandra greenstockii
JSTOR Plant Science: Crossandra greenstockii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crossandra greenstockii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crossandra greenstockii
Plants of the World Online: Crossandra greenstockii
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Wikipedia: Crossandra greenstockii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Crossandra greenstockii., retrieved 22 March 2023

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