Alectra orobanchoides Benth.

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Alectra orobanchoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Alectra orobanchoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Alectra orobanchoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, towards the end of the tarred road

Alectra orobanchoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, towards the end of the tarred road

Alectra orobanchoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, towards the end of the tarred road

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Synonyms: Alectra kirkii Hemsl.
Alectra parvifolia (Engl.) Schinz
Celsia parvifolia Engl.
Melasma orobanchoides (Benth.) Engl.
Common names: Kirk's tobacco witchweed (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect hemiparasitic herb, up to 45 cm tall. Stems branching near the base, often blackish or purple-red and fleshy. Leaves small, usually less than 1 cm long, appressed and scale-like or spreading near the inflorescences, lanceolate-oblong to ovate-oblong. Flowers in the axils of leaves or leaf-like bracts, together forming a spike-like inflorescence, yellow to orange, often with dark purple-red lines.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: orobanchoides: resembling the genus Orobanche
Habitat: In open woodland and scrub, in rocky areas and in cultivated land.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 15 May 2009
Literature:

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 368 - 369. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 308. (Includes a picture).

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 77.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 92 - 93.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 96.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 306 - 307. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 102.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 175.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 225.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 176 - 177. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 95. as Alectra kirkii (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: Alectra orobanchoides.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=151780, retrieved 4 December 2016

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