Cyanotis longifolia Benth.

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Cyanotis longifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Cyanotis longifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Cyanotis djurensis C.B. Clarke
Cyanotis longifolia Benth. var. bakeriana C.B. Clarke
Common names:
Status: Native
More or less erect perennial herb, up to 40 cm tall, growing from a dense spreading cluster of fleshy, swollen roots. Leaves mostly basal, more or less erect, linear, up to 30 cm long, covered with spreading hairs, particularly near the base. Flowers in terminal or pseudo-axillary clusters held in a fleshy leaf-like bract; tepals pink, mauve or blue; stamens embedded in dense blue hairs.
Derivation of specific name: longifolia: with long leaves
Habitat: In grassland and woodland, also in rocky places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Friday 3 July 2009

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 244 - 245. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 297. (Includes a picture).

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 16 - 18.

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 11. (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 87.

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

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 108.

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Flora of Caprivi: Cyanotis longifolia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cyanotis longifolia
Flora of Malawi: Cyanotis longifolia
Flora of Zambia: Cyanotis longifolia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyanotis longifolia
African Plant Database: Cyanotis longifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyanotis longifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyanotis longifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cyanotis longifolia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Cyanotis longifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyanotis longifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyanotis longifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyanotis longifolia
Plants of the World Online: Cyanotis longifolia
Tropicos: Cyanotis longifolia
Wikipedia: Cyanotis longifolia

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: Cyanotis longifolia., retrieved 30 May 2024

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