Struthiola rhodesiana B. Peterson

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Struthiola rhodesiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Trout Research Centre, Nyanga NP

Struthiola rhodesiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Trout Research Centre, Nyanga NP

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Common names:
Status: Native
Decumbent, low growing subshrub, 15-60 cm. Leaves small, less than 1.5 mm wide, scale-like, overlapping and appressed to the younger branches, glabrous. Flowers axillary along the upper branches, mostly solitary, greenish-white to orange-pink, with a whorl of hairs at the base. See Struthiola montana for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: rhodesiana: of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe, or sometimes Zambia)
Habitat: Among rocks in montane grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Recorded only from the Nyanga and Chimanimani areas of E Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Thursday 20 July 2006

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 53.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 177.

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.

Peterson, B. (updated by Verdcourt, B.) (2006). Thymelaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 113 - 115. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 100.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Struthiola rhodesiana
African Plant Database: Struthiola rhodesiana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Struthiola rhodesiana
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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: Struthiola rhodesiana., retrieved 16 April 2024

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