Hypericum aethiopicum Thunb.
subsp. sonderi (Bredell) N. Robson

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Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Chinziwa

Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Chinziwa

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Common names:
Status: Native
Tufted perennial herb with unbranched stems, usually less than c. 20 cm long. Leaves opposite, sessile, ovate, oblong or almost round, up to 25 × 15 mm, with prominent translucent gland dots; apex obtuse or rounded; margin entire but often rolled under. Flowers c. 2.5 cm in diameter, in terminal clusters, rarely solitary; sepals lanceolate, acuminate, subequal, with translucent and dark glad dots; petals yellow, often tinged with red with dark gland dots scattered on margins and lamina; stamens numerous; styles usually 3, rarely 4 and ovary 3-locular. Fruit a capsule, erect. See the similar H. peplidifolium and H. wilmsii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: aethiopicum: of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa
Habitat: Occurring mostly in grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and North-east South Africa. Subsp. aethiopicum is confined to the Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eurema desjardinsii marshalli (Food plant)
Eurema hecabe solifera (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 19 March 2009

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

Robson, N.K.B. (1961). Guttiferae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 382 - 384. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hypericum aethiopicum
African Plant Database: Hypericum aethiopicum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Hypericum aethiopicum
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hypericum aethiopicum
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hypericum aethiopicum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hypericum aethiopicum
Ispot Southern Africa: Hypericum aethiopicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Hypericum aethiopicum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hypericum aethiopicum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hypericum aethiopicum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hypericum aethiopicum
Tropicos: Hypericum aethiopicum

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: Hypericum aethiopicum subsp. sonderi.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140350, retrieved 22 April 2018

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