Aneilema welwitschii C.B. Clarke

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Aneilema welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd before Bunga Forest

Aneilema welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd before Bunga Forest

Aneilema welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Aneilema welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the road from Nyanga to Troutbeck

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Synonyms: Aneilema densum T.C.E.Fr.
Aneilema erectum De Wild.
Aneilema florentii De Wild.
Aneilema katangense. De Wild.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 50 cm tall with erect or sometimes decumbent stems. Leaves spirally arranged, sessile, sheathing at the base, narrowly lanceolate to ovate, 2-10 cm long, hairy above and beneath particularly on the veins; margin ciliolate. Inflorescence terminal, usually solitary, very densely flowered, 1.5-7 cm long, usually more or less broadly ovoid in shape. Flowers pale orange-yellow.
Notes: This species can be distinguished from Aneilema johnstonii by the much more densely compacted inflorescence and the paler yellow flowers.
Derivation of specific name: welwitschii: named after the Austrian botanist, Friedrich Martin Welwitsch (1806-1872)
Habitat: Grassland, seepage areas and stream banks.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 2 September 2013

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 294.

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 112 - 113.

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 86.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 39 - 40. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aneilema welwitschii., retrieved 18 May 2024

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