Delosperma mahonii (N.E. Br.) N.E. Br.

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Delosperma mahonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road near tunnel of mine site, Mt Buchwa

Delosperma mahonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road near tunnel of mine site, Mt Buchwa

Delosperma mahonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road near tunnel of mine site, Mt Buchwa

Delosperma mahonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road near tunnel of mine site, Mt Buchwa

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Synonyms: Mesembryanthemum mahonii N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Straggling succulent perennial up to c. 25 cm high. Leaves opposite, sessile, 2-4.5 cm long, succulent, subcylindric, grooved along the upper surface, fresh green, finely papillose. Flowers in several-flowered, forked inflorescences, up to 25 mm in diameter, pinkish-purple, sweetly scented.
Notes: The bright purple-pink flowers easily distinguish this species from the white-flowered endemic D. steytleri.
Derivation of specific name: mahonii: for John Mahon (1870-1906), Irishman who worked as a gardener at Kew, a forester in Malawi and was curator of Entebbe Botanic Garden in Uganda. He collected the type specimen on a trip in Zimbabwe.
Habitat: In Mopane woodlandand grassland but also in rockcrevices and on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 15 February 2014

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Mesembryanthemaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 551. Still placed in family Mesembryanthemaceae

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 62. Still placed in family Mesembryanthemaceae

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 87.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Delosperma mahonii
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JSTOR Plant Science: Delosperma mahonii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Delosperma mahonii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Delosperma mahonii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Delosperma mahonii
Tropicos: Delosperma mahonii

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: Delosperma mahonii., retrieved 20 February 2018

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