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Nyanga NP near Main Office.
Photo: Bart Wursten
Valley upstream from Small Bridge Dam
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Melandrium undulatum (Aiton) Rohrb. Silene capensis Otth
Gunpowder plant (English)
Large-flowered campion (English)
Description: Sticky glandular perennial herb, up to 60 cm. Leaves in a basal rosette, spathulate-oblong, up to 15 cm; leaves along the stem much smaller, oblong-lanceolate; margins entire but undulate. Flowers in lax terminal few-flowered inflorescences. Calyx cylindric, tubular, ribbed with dark, glandular veins. Petals white, cream or pinkish deeply lobed. Flowers are mostly seen with the petals rolled inwards (see photo). Capsule oblong-ovoid, horny, opening by recurved valves.
Derivation of specific name: undulata: undulate, wavy
Habitat: In open woodland and grassland, usually in areas with higher rainfall.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time: Oct - Apr
Growth form: P
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Content last updated: Sunday 22 January 2006
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Other sources of information about Silene undulata: African Plant Database
Silene undulata Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Silene undulata EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Silene undulata ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Silene undulata Flora Zambesiaca
Silene undulata Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Silene undulata IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Silene undulata JSTOR Plant Science
Silene undulata Kew Herbarium catalogue
Silene undulata Tropicos
Silene undulata West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Silene undulata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123390, retrieved 24 May 2013
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