Hypericum roeperianum G.W. Schimp. ex A. Rich.

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Hypericum roeperianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, before Bunga Forest

Hypericum roeperianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, before Bunga Forest

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Synonyms: Hypericum quartinianum sensu Steedman
Common names: Chinyakatoro (Shona) Large-leaved curry bush (English) Muparatsaya (Shona)
Status: Native
An aromatic shrub with large, showy yellow flowers at the ends of the branches. The leaves contain minute oil glands, which show as translucent dots, when held up against the light. See Hypericum revolutum for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: roeperianum: named after J.A.C. Roeper (1801-1885), a botanical colleague of Schimper, the original author of this species.
Habitat: A typical constituent of the ecotone between evergreen forest and montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1140 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Mainly Jun - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia and the Sudan southwards through eastern tropical Africa to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 618. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33. As Hypericum roeperanum

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 260. As Hypericum roeperanum

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 59. As Hypericum roeperanum

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 35. As Hypericum roeperanum

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 79, plate 106

Robson, N.K.B. (1961). Guttiferae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 380 - 381. As Hypericum roeperanum

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 50 - 51. as Hypericum quartinianum

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 92.

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Flora of Mozambique: Hypericum roeperianum
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hypericum roeperianum

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

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: Hypericum roeperianum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140390, retrieved 29 May 2024

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