Delosperma steytlerae L. Bolus

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Delosperma steytlerae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ascending the Hill Complex by the Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

Delosperma steytlerae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ascending the Hill Complex by the Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

Delosperma steytlerae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ascending the Hill Complex by the Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

Delosperma steytlerae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ascending the Hill Complex by the Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

Delosperma steytlerae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ascending the Hill Complex by the Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

Delosperma steytlerae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ascending the Hill Complex by the Ancient Path, Great Zimbabwe

Delosperma steytlerae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Small Bridge to Penhalonga

Delosperma steytlerae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Small Bridge to Penhalonga

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Common names:
Frequency: Very locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Succulent herb up to c. 15 cm high, with trailing stems. Leaves opposite, sessile, 2-4.5 cm long, succulent, subcylindric, grooved along the upper surface, grey-green, finely papillose. Flowers in several-flowered, forked inflorescences, 18-25 mm in diameter, white, faintly scented.
Notes: Although originally thought to be restricted to South-central Zimbabwe, it has also been recorded from the greater Penhalonga-Nyanga area.
When in flower it can be easily distinguished from the more widespread D. mahonii by the white flowers, which are pinkish-purple in that species.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On granite rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1150 - 1645 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to granite outcrops from Nyanga to Limpopo Escarpment.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Friday 13 July 2012
Literature:

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 14. SABONET. Pretoria. Page 166. under Mesembryanthemaceae

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Mesembryanthemaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 551 - 553. under Mesembryanthemaceae

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 144. under Mesembryanthemaceae

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 62. under Mesembryanthemaceae

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 87.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Delosperma steytlerae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123080, retrieved 28 May 2016

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