Pycnostachys kassneri De Wild.

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Pycnostachys kassneri

Undisturbed miombo woodland in sandy loam soil between Lumangwe and Kabwelume Falls
Mar 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Pycnostachys kassneri

Undisturbed miombo woodland in sandy loam soil between Lumangwe and Kabwelume Falls
Mar 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Pycnostachys kassneri Gürke ex De Wild.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Annual herb 0.4 – 1 m tall; stems quadrangular, pubescent; leaves opposite, sessile, c. 35-125 x 4-20 mm, narrowly elliptic, margins with small widely spaced serrations, apex acuminate, base cuneate; inflorescence densely conical, 30-35 x 18-20 mm in fruit; bracts subtending entire inflorescence in whorl of 4, 20-50 mm long, narrowly ovate, acuminate; calyx shortly glandular hairy on outside corolla white or pale blue to lilac, 15-16 mm long.
Type location:
DRC, Katanga
Derivation of specific name: Kassneri: named after Theodor Kassner who collected the type specimen
Habitat: Miombo/Brachystegia woodland and grazed sandy grassland
Altitude range: 900 - 1650 m
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Katanga Province of DRC, Northern Zambia to Tanzania.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
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Content last updated: Tuesday 7 January 2020

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Pages 318 - 319.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 71.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pycnostachys kassneri
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pycnostachys kassneri
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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: Pycnostachys kassneri., retrieved 24 September 2023

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