Xerophyta simulans L.B. Sm. & Ayensu

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Common names:
Status: Native
Shrubby perennial, occasionally up to more than 2 m high but usually much smaller. stem much-branched, fibrous, black; ultimate branchlets erect, up to 1 cm in diameter. Leaves in terminal tufts of 2-8, linear, 6-50 cm long, strongly pointed at the apex, pubescent towards the base, veins usually narrower than spaces in between. Flowers almond-scented, 1-4 on peduncles up to 14 cm long. Perianth pale blue to mauve, purple-pink, shading to white; tepals linear-lanceolate, 2-4 cm long, pointed at the apex. Ovary narrowly ovoid to subcylindric, densely covered with ovoid, simple, suberect, non-glandular trichomes. Capsule ellipsoid, 15-20 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On stony ground, often forming large colonies on granite outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Gonçalves, A.E. (2009). Velloziaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 158 - 159.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Xerophyta simulans
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Xerophyta simulans
Plants of the World Online: Xerophyta simulans
Tropicos: Xerophyta simulans
Wikipedia: Xerophyta simulans

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: Xerophyta simulans.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115300, retrieved 22 June 2024

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