Hypericum wilmsii R. Keller

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Synonyms: Hypericum bojeranum sensu Perrier
Hypericum nigropunctatum Norl.
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Status: Native
Much-branched perennial herb with more or less procumbent stems, usually less than c. 30 cm long. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate to subsessile, variable in shape, ovate, elliptic-oblong or obovate, up to 15 × 8 mm, with dark gland dots around the margin; apex rounded; margin entire. Flowers c. 1.5-2 cm in diameter, in terminal clusters; sepals obovate or oblong, rounded at the apex, unequal, with translucent and dark gland dots; petals pale to bright yellow with dark gland dots on margins only; stamens c. 25-30 numerous; styles usually 3-4. Fruit a capsule, usually erect. See the similar H. aethiopicum and H. peplidifolium for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: wilmsii: named after Dr. Friedrich Heinrich Wilms (1848-1919), German apothecary, botanist and plant collector in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
Habitat: Among rocks in (sub)montane grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape. Also in Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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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.

Robson, N.K.B. (1961). Guttiferae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 383 - 384. (Includes a picture).

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

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 wilmsii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140400, retrieved 28 February 2024

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