Triceratella drummondii Brenan

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Triceratella drummondii

Photo: Bart Wursten

Triceratella drummondii

Photo: Bart Wursten

Triceratella drummondii

Photo: Bart Wursten

Triceratella drummondii

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Small annual herb, 3-13 cm with all parts more or less covered in glandular hairs. Leaves linear, up to 3-12 cm long and 1-2.5 mm wide, glandular hairy. Flowers with long, linear-lanceolate sepals, up to 19 mm, pointed, glandular hairy. Petals shorter than sepals, yellow, oblanceolate-oblong. Fruit a grey-brown oblong capsule, dehiscent.
Notes: First recorded from the Chiturapudzi area in Chipise Communal Land near Beitbridge, which is the type locality and the only known locality in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately this wetland area of Cretaceous sandstone seepage has been badly degraded and the species appears to be no longer present. In 1997, the species was found near Moabase on the Mozambique coast, more than 1000 km away from the first record.
Derivation of specific name: drummondii: named after R. B. 'Bob' Drummond (1924-2008 ), former Keeper of the National Herbarium in Harare (SRGH), who collected the type specimen.
Habitat: In moist sand on sandstone.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 m (approx)
Flowering time:May?
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Extinct?
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Images last updated: Wednesday 20 January 2010

Barker, N.P., Faden, R.B., Brink, E. & Dold, A.P. (2001). Rediscovery of Triceratella drummondii and comments on its relationships and position within the family Bothalia 31(1) Pages 37 - 39.

Brenan, J.P.M. (1961). Triceratella: a new genus of Commelinaceae from Southern Rhodesia Kirkia 1 Page 14. Protologue (Includes a picture).

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 77.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 163.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 127.

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 87.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Triceratella drummondii., retrieved 25 May 2024

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