Pentanisia schweinfurthii Hiern

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Pentanisia schweinfurthii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Cleveland Dam

Pentanisia schweinfurthii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Pentanisia schweinfurthii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Pentanisia variabilis sensu auct. non Harv.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 25 cm, growing from a woody rootstock.
Notes: The bright blue flowers of this species and the closely related P. sykesii subsp. otomerioides are a familiar sight in spring on freshly burnt ground in grassland and woodland. It seems that fire is actually needed to stimulate flowering. Both species are very similar and are sometimes found growing together.
Derivation of specific name: schweinfurthii: named after Dr Georg August Schweinfurth (1836-1925), german botanical collector and taxonomist.
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 2250 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 September 2015

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 106 - 107. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 134, plate 175


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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: Pentanisia schweinfurthii., retrieved 30 May 2016

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