Streptocarpus rhodesianus S. Moore

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Streptocarpus rhodesianus

Sheltered rocky ledge in inselberg by Kapishya Springs Lodge
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Streptocarpus rhodesianus

Sheltered rocky ledge in inselberg by Kapishya Springs Lodge
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Streptocarpus paucispiralis Engl.
Streptocarpus rhodesianus var. perlanatus Duvign.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb; leaves several, prostrate, elliptic-oblong to oblong, c. 20 x 19 cm but often much smaller, margin entire, grey-green above and purplish below, softly hairy; inflorescences produced from base of leaf midrib, 2-10 flowered; peduncle up to 10 cm long, wiry; pedicles slender, 7-15 mm long, softly hairy; corolla 7-10 mm long, tube reddish purple outside with white lobes; capsules 5-10 x 1.5 mm.
Type location:
Notes: Widespread; not threatened
Derivation of specific name: Rhodesianus: of Rhodesia
Habitat: In shelter of rock outcrops.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 January 2018

Hilliard, O.M. & Burtt, B.L. (1971). Streptocarpus, an African Plant Study University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg Pages 254 - 255.

Hilliard, O.M. & Burtt, B.L. (1988). Gesneriaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Page 59.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 67.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Streptocarpus rhodesianus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Streptocarpus rhodesianus
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Wikipedia: Streptocarpus rhodesianus

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: Streptocarpus rhodesianus., retrieved 22 May 2024

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