Cordylostigma longifolium (Klotzsch) Groeninckx & Dessein

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Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Nhabawa Village, Lower Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Nhabawa Village, Lower Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Nhabawa Village, Lower Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Nhabawa Village, Lower Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Nhabawa Village, Lower Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Cordylostigma longifolium

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Kohautia longifolia Klotzsch
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect to somewhat straggling or decumbent annual or perennial herb, up to c. 1 m tall. Stems somewhat quadrangular and woody near the base, mostly hairless or sparsely pubescent on the ribs but becoming more densely hairy towards the top. Leaves opposite, linear to linear-lanceolate, up to 9.5 cm long, hairless or somewhat roughly pubescent; margin often rolled under. Flowers in more or less lax branched heads. Corolla 4-lobed, from bright red to various shades of purple, pink, blue or white above, paler, beneath; tube 2.5 - 7 mm long, greenish.
Notes: Although this species has apparently not been recorded from the Eastern Division, the specimen in the photos was found only a very short distance across the border in Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: longifolia: with long leaves.
Habitat: Grassland, woodland and disturbed places, often in seasonally wet places.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Northern Somalia, southeastern Kenya, Tanzania, DRC, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 4 September 2011
Literature:

Groeninckx, I., Ochoterena, H., Smets, E. & Dessein, S. (2010). Molecular phylogenetic and morphological study of Kohautia (Spermacoceae, Rubiaceae), with the recognition of the new genus Cordylostigma Taxon 59(5) Page 1466. as Cordylostigma longifolia

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 164.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 98 - 99.


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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: Cordylostigma longifolium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154760, retrieved 30 July 2016

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