Xerophyta argentea (Wild) L.B. Sm. & Ayensu

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Xerophyta argentea

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Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

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Synonyms: Vellozia argentea Wild
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrubby herb, sometimes even resembling a small tree, 0.3-4 m tall. Stem simple or sparsely branched, up to 25 cm thick. Leaves in tufts of 3-7 and the fibrous branch-ends, linear up to 40 cm long, densely silvery covered in appressed hairs below; margin entire. Flowers on a brownish peduncle up to 16.5 cm long, 1-4 at the ends of fibrous branches, blue, pale purple or pinkish, showy but short-lived; ovary obconical densely covered with purplish, tuberculate glands.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: argentea: silvery
Habitat: In rocky grassland or quartzite crags on the edges of cliffs.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2150 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Chimanimani Mountains of Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Wednesday 20 January 2010
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 232.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 131.

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 112.

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Pages 135 - 136. as Vellozia argentea


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Flora of Mozambique: Xerophyta argentea

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Xerophyta argentea
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Xerophyta argentea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Xerophyta argentea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Xerophyta argentea
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Xerophyta argentea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Xerophyta argentea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Xerophyta argentea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Xerophyta argentea
Ispot Southern Africa: Xerophyta argentea
JSTOR Plant Science: Xerophyta argentea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Xerophyta argentea
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Xerophyta argentea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Xerophyta argentea
The Plant List (version 1.1): Xerophyta argentea
Tropicos: Xerophyta argentea


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Xerophyta argentea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115230, retrieved 23 September 2018

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