Aspidoglossum masaicum (N.E. Br.) Kupicha

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Aspidoglossum masaicum

Dambo grassland
Lunkunyi, Zambezi Distr
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Aspidoglossum masaicum

Dambo grassland
Lunkunyi, Zambezi Distr
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Schizoglossum altum N.E. Br.
Schizoglossum baumii N.E. Br.
Schizoglossum fuscopurpureum Schltr. & Rendle
Schizoglossum masaicum N.E. Br.
Schizoglossum semlikense S. Moore
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 110 cm tall growing from a globose to napiform tuber; stems solitary, simple or branched, slender, pubescent; leaves opposite and paired, 1-6 x 0.05-0.2 cm, linear with the margins strongly revolute, pubescent on upper surface; inflorescences sessile, 2-10 flowered at each of the upper nodes; calyx lobes c. 1.5 x 0.2-0.5 mm, lanceolate or narrowly ovate, acute, pilose; corolla spreading to campanulate, divided almost to base, white or greenish, sometimes flushed pink or purple, lobes 2-4 x 1 mm, ovate, subacute, pilose on the outer surface and glabrous on inner face, often with stout white hairs at apex; corona lobes of type B; follicles 3-6 cm long, narrowly fusiform but with a pronounced beak, pubescent, held erect.
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Habitat: Seasonally waterlogged grassland.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from Namiba and Angola to Kenya and Ethiopia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,W
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Content last updated: Saturday 22 October 2022

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Page 256.

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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: Aspidoglossum masaicum., retrieved 28 September 2023

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