Hypericum aethiopicum Thunb.
subsp. sonderi (Bredell) N. Robson

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Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Chinziwa

Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Chinziwa

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Status: Native
Tufted perennial herb with unbranched stems, usually less than c. 20 cm long. Leaves opposite, sessile, ovate, oblong or almost round, up to 25 × 15 mm, with prominent translucent gland dots; apex obtuse or rounded; margin entire but often rolled under. Flowers c. 2.5 cm in diameter, in terminal clusters, rarely solitary; sepals lanceolate, acuminate, subequal, with translucent and dark glad dots; petals yellow, often tinged with red with dark gland dots scattered on margins and lamina; stamens numerous; styles usually 3, rarely 4 and ovary 3-locular. Fruit a capsule, erect. See the similar H. peplidifolium and H. wilmsii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: aethiopicum: of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa
Habitat: Occurring mostly in grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and North-east South Africa. Subsp. aethiopicum is confined to the Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eurema desjardinsii marshalli (Food plant)
Eurema hecabe solifera (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 19 March 2009


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African Plant Database: Hypericum aethiopicum
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hypericum aethiopicum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Hypericum aethiopicum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hypericum aethiopicum
Ispot Southern Africa : Hypericum aethiopicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Hypericum aethiopicum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hypericum aethiopicum
Tropicos: Hypericum aethiopicum
West African Plants database: Hypericum aethiopicum

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: Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140350, retrieved 28 May 2016

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