Hermannia boraginiflora Hook.

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Status: Native
Perennial shrubby herb, up to 0·6 m tall; branches pubescent with glandular hairs often mixed with longer stellate hairs. Leaves narrowly oblong to obovate-oblong or elliptic-oblong,up to 3 cm long, thinly stellate-pubescent and glandular above, more densely so beneath; margin serrate, at least towards the apex; petiole up to 7 mm long, glandular and stellate-pubescent; stipules deltoid-acuminate, c. 1 mm long, glandular and stellate-pubescent. Flowers on 1-flowered thinly stellate-pubescent and glandular axillary peduncles up to 1·5 cm long; pedicel, 2–4 mm. long. Calyx campanulate, c. 7 mm long, stellately pubescent with some glandular hairs; lobes narrowly triangular, c. 5 mm long. Petals oblong-obovate, c. 5 mm long, pink; margins inrolled in the lower third, pubescent within the inrolled portion. Stamens with narrowly obovate filaments, c. 3·5 mm. long, pilose on the shoulders; anthers c. 5·5 mm. long, purple, exserted, pubescent. Capsule oblong-ovoid, c. 8 mm long, truncate at the apex with 5 spreading horns 2 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: boraginiflora: with flowers like a Borago, a genus in Boraginaceae.
Habitat: Drier types of woodland with Colophospermum mopane or Acacia spp.
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique,Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 295. (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 80.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 107.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 226.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 543 - 545. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Hermannia boraginiflora
Flora of Caprivi: Hermannia boraginiflora
Flora of Mozambique: Hermannia boraginiflora

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hermannia boraginiflora
African Plant Database: Hermannia boraginiflora
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hermannia boraginiflora
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hermannia boraginiflora
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hermannia boraginiflora
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hermannia boraginiflora
JSTOR Plant Science: Hermannia boraginiflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hermannia boraginiflora
Plants of the World Online: Hermannia boraginiflora
Tropicos: Hermannia boraginiflora
Wikipedia: Hermannia boraginiflora

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hermannia boraginiflora.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139890, retrieved 10 December 2023

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