Swertia tetrandra Hochst.

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Swertia tetrandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Swertia tetrandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

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Common names:
Status: Native
Erect annual herb, up to 18 cm. Stems simple or branching at the apex, 4-ridged. Leaves opposite, widely spaced, sessile, ovate to elliptic-oblong. Flowers terminal, 4-numerous, whitish with greenish veins. Fruit a small ellipsoid, beaked capsule. This species is easily distinguished as is the only Swertia in Zimbabwe with 4 corolla lobes.
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Habitat: In damp montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 2100 - 2300 m
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Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 28 February 2006


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African Plant Database: Swertia tetrandra
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Swertia tetrandra
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Swertia tetrandra
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Swertia tetrandra
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Swertia tetrandra
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Swertia tetrandra
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Swertia tetrandra
Ispot Southern Africa : Swertia tetrandra
JSTOR Plant Science: Swertia tetrandra
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Swertia tetrandra
Tropicos: Swertia tetrandra
West African Plants database: Swertia tetrandra

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: Swertia tetrandra.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144820, retrieved 27 May 2016

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