Valeriana capensis Thunb.
var. capensis

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Valeriana capensis var. capensis

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By Airedale Rd to Bonda, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Valeriana capensis Thunb. var. lanceolata N.E. Br.
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Frequency: Occasional in the Eastern Highlands
Status: Native
Erect perennial herb, up to 1 m. Stems normally unbranched below the inflorescence, internodes conspicuously ridged and hairy. Leaves mainly basal but also in a few opposite pairs along the stem, mostly pinnate with the terminal leaflet larger than the lateral leaflets. The leaflets are much narrower and finer on the upper leaves, margins irregularly dentate. Inflorescence branched, up to 30 × 10 cm. Flowers small, white, often pink in bud.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Habitat: In vleis, marshy areas and stream sides.
Altitude range: (metres) 1800 - 2700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 280. as Valeriana capensis (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1983). Valerianaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 75 - 77. As Valeriana capensis (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 82.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 182 - 183.


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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: Valeriana capensis var. capensis., retrieved 22 October 2016

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