Silene burchellii Otth ex DC.
var. angustifolia Sond.

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Silene burchellii var. angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop NR

Silene burchellii var. angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop NR

Silene burchellii var. angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kwaraguza Road, near Troutbeck

Silene burchellii var. angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kwaraguza Road, near Troutbeck

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Synonyms: Silene burchellii Otth ex DC. var. latifolia Sond.
Silene burchellii Otth ex DC. var. cernua Rohrb.
Silene burchellii Otth ex DC. var. mashonica Engl.
Silene burchellii Otth ex DC. var. macrorrhiza R.E. Fr.
Silene burchellii Otth ex DC. var. meruensis (Engl.) Weim.
Silene cernua sensu Bartl. non Thunb.
Silene meruensis Engl.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Erect perennial herb, up to 70 cm, all parts with short hairs. Leaves linear to oblong-lanceolate. Flowers in one-sided 2-7-flowered racemes, white, pinkish to purple-brown; calyx tubular, ribbed with darker veins; petals split for half the length, deflexed. Fruit a stalked ellipsoid capsule held in the persistent calyx.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: burchellii: after William John Burchell (1781-1863), botanical collector, painter, writer, gardener, entomologist, early explorer and naturalist in South Africa.
angustifolia: with narrow leaves.
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jun - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Arabia, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 23 August 2013
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 72 - 73. (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 125. (Includes a picture).

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 55.

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 32.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 39. as Silene burchellii

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 382 - 383. as Silene burchellii (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 65.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Page 198.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Caryophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 352 - 354. (Includes a picture).


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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: Silene burchellii var. angustifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123370, retrieved 9 December 2016

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