Ruelliopsis setosa (Nees) C.B. Clarke

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Ruelliopsis setosa

Photo: Bart Wursten

Ruelliopsis setosa

Photo: Bart Wursten

Ruelliopsis setosa

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Calophanes setosus Nees
Crabbea angustifolia sensu Dinter non Nees
Dyschoriste fleckii Schinz
Ruelliopsis damarensis S. Moore
Common names:
Frequency: apparently scarce.
Status: Native
Perennial herb with bristly-hairy trailing stems up to 60 cm long growing from a taproot. Leaves in clusters on dwarf shoots along otherwise bare stems, linear-lanceolate or narrowly elliptic, up to 6 cm long with long glossy, bristly hairs,particularly on the midrib and margin. Flowers mauve-blue, 2-3.5 cm long, protruding from the leaf clusters.
Derivation of specific name: setosa: bristly-hairy or setose.
Habitat: In black, clay soils at edges of pans and on termitaria or in deep sand in open grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Tuesday 12 June 2007

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 28. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 19.

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 121 - 123. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ruelliopsis setosa., retrieved 22 September 2017

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