Faroa salutaris Welw.

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Faroa salutaris

Picture: Bart Wursten

Faroa salutaris

Picture: Bart Wursten

Faroa salutaris

Picture: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Faroa boehmii Engl.
Faroa nyasica N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small erect, slightly succulent perennial herb, with 4-ridged stems 5-15 cm tall. Leaves along the stems and forming a basal rosette at flowering time, ovate-oblong, oblong-lanceolate to linear, 15-90 mm long, fleshy, hairless often purpletinged; stem leaves in 3-4 pairs, much smaller, 4-15 mm long. Inflorescence of dense axillary and terminal clusters. Flowers mauve, blue or whitish. Calyx lobes 1-nerved. Corolla lobes c. 2 mm long, elliptic-lanceolate.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: salutaris: healing, beneficial
Habitat: In seasonally wet places in grassland, on riverbanks and marshes.
Altitude range: 450 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,Lk,S,W
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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 75.

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 53.

Nemomissa, S. (2002). Gentianaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 35.

Paiva, J. & Nogueira, I. (1990). Gentianaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 42 - 43.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 66.

Taylor, P. (1973). A Revision of the Genus Faroa Welwitsch Garcia de orta. Serie de botanica 1(1-2) Pages 79 - 80. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Faroa salutaris
Flora of Mozambique: Faroa salutaris
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Faroa salutaris
African Plant Database: Faroa salutaris
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Faroa salutaris
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Faroa salutaris
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iNaturalist: Faroa salutaris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Faroa salutaris
JSTOR Plant Science: Faroa salutaris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Faroa salutaris
Plants of the World Online: Faroa salutaris
Tropicos: Faroa salutaris
Wikipedia: Faroa salutaris

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Faroa salutaris.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144730, retrieved 30 November 2023

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