Wahlenbergia napiformis (A. DC.) Thulin

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Wahlenbergia napiformis

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Airedale Rd to Bonda, Nyanga

Wahlenbergia napiformis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Airedale Rd to Bonda, Nyanga

Wahlenbergia napiformis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo

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Synonyms: Lightfootia abyssinica Hochst. ex A. Rich. var. glaberrima Engl.
Lightfootia abyssinica Hochst. ex A. Rich. var. cinerea Engl. & Gilg
Lightfootia camapestris Engl.
Lightfootia glomerata Engl.
Lightfootia graminicola Scott
Lightfootia marginata A. DC.
Lightfootia marginata A. DC. var. lucens Lambinon
Lightfootia napiformis A. DC.
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Status: Native
Erect perennial herb, up to 1 m, growing from a taproot. Stems 1 to several. Leaves alternate, up to 8 cm, linear to lanceolate. The whole plant variously covered in short hairs, grey-green. Inflorescence spike-like, leafy. Flowers clustered in upper leaf axils, white, pale blue or purplish.
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Habitat: In woodland and grassland, in old cultivation and along roadsides.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola,DRC, Congo, CAR, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N,E,C
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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.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

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 40.

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.

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 91. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 43.

Thulin, M. (1983). Campanulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 98 - 99.

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The Plant List (version 1.1): Wahlenbergia napiformis
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Wikipedia: Wahlenbergia napiformis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Wahlenbergia napiformis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157630, retrieved 18 February 2020

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