Chironia gratissima S. Moore

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Chironia gratissima

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Close to Mountain Hut, Chimanimani National Park

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Status: Native
Trailing or scrambling annual or perennial herb up to c. 150 cm tall. Stem 4-ridged, branched. Leaves opposite along the stem, more or less narrowly ovate-triangular, up to 9 × 3 cm, pale yellow-green, conspicuously 3-veined. Flowers in 2-3-flowered cymes, together forming lax terminal panicles, bright mauve, magenta-pink or purple, 3-4 cm in diameter. Anthers yellow, twisted. Fruit a cylindric-ovoid capsule, c. 18 × 5 mm.
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Habitat: In damp soil, along streambanks or among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1150 - 2100 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Sunday 21 June 2009

Paiva, J. & Nogueira, I. (1990). Gentianaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Page 36.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chironia gratissima
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West African Plants database: Chironia gratissima

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: Chironia gratissima., retrieved 10 December 2016

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