Wahlenbergia hirsuta (Edgew.) Tuyn

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Synonyms: Cephalostigma erectum (Roth ex Roem. & Schult.) Vatke
Cephalostigma hirsutum Edgew.
Cephalostigma perotifolium (Wight & Arn.) Hutch. & Dalz.
Lightfootia hirsuta (Edgew.) E. Wimmer ex Hepper
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Status: Native
More or less erect annual herb, up to 30 cm tall, usually much branched with widely spreading, woolly hairy branches. Leaves alternate, (sub-)sessile, narrowly oblanceolate to obovate or broadly elliptic to ovate, 10–55 mm long, more or less wooly hairy, midrib and veins prominent beneath; margin, undulate–dentate. Inflorescence lax, spreading with pedicels 5–20 mm long, short but densely hairy, often mixed with longer hairs. Calyx–lobes 1–5 mm long. Corolla 1·5–4 mm long, blue to pale blue or white, split almost to the base into lanceolate lobes, hairless or hairy outside. Capsule 3-valved, 1–2·5 mm long, 5–veined.
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Derivation of specific name: hirsuta: covered with long, moderately stiff and not interwoven hairs; hirsute
Habitat: In woodland, grassland, along roadsides and in disturbed and cultivated ground.
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Worldwide distribution: Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda; Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola. Also in Madagascar, Comoro Islands, Yemen, India and Nepal.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Lk,S
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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.

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.

Thulin, M. (1983). Campanulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 104 - 107. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Wahlenbergia hirsuta.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157610, retrieved 21 July 2024

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