Biophytum nyikense Exell

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Biophytum nyikense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipoli trail, outside the forest, Nyika NAtional Park.

Biophytum nyikense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipoli trail, outside the forest, Nyika NAtional Park.

Biophytum nyikense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipoli trail, outside the forest, Nyika NAtional Park.

Biophytum nyikense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipoli trail, outside the forest, Nyika NAtional Park.

Biophytum nyikense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipoli trail, outside the forest, Nyika NAtional Park.

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Stemless perennial, up to 10 cm high. Leaves in a basal rosette, up to 8 cm long; leaflets up to 10 pairs, obliquely circular, 2-8 mm long, mostly hairless except for the ciliate margins; rhachis pubescent. Flowers in up to 8-flowered umbels, yellow, often with a darker reddish central line, sepals, narrowly lanceolate, 6-7 mm long, glandular pubescent; pedicels up to 5 mm long, glandular pubescent; peduncles 1-3.5 cm long, glandular pubescent, always much shorter than the leaves.
Type location:
Zambia
Notes: Red data status: VU D2
Derivation of specific name: nyikense: of the Nyika Plateau, where the type specimens was collected.
Habitat: In (sub)montane grassland.
Altitude range: Up to 2250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, northern Malawi and Zambia (Nyika only).
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Content last updated: Wednesday 2 August 2023
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 62 - 63. (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 223. (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W. (1963). Oxalidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 160 - 161. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 82.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Biophytum nyikense
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Biophytum nyikense
JSTOR Plant Science: Biophytum nyikense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Biophytum nyikense
Plants of the World Online: Biophytum nyikense
Tropicos: Biophytum nyikense
Wikipedia: Biophytum nyikense


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: Biophytum nyikense.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=194580, retrieved 17 April 2024

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