Diplolophium buchananii (Benth. ex Oliv.) C. Norman
subsp. swynnertonii (Baker f.) Cannon

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Diplolophium buchananii subsp. swynnertonii

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Bunga Views, Vumba

Diplolophium buchananii subsp. swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Diplolophium buchananii subsp. swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Muhohwa River, The Corner, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Diplolophium swynnertonii (Baker f.) C. Norman
Physotrichia swynnertonii Baker f.
Common names: Blister bush (English)
Status: Native
Robust perennial herb, 1 - 2 m, with 2-pinnate leaves.
Notes: Contact with the leaves may cause a red patch or even a blister to develop. depending on the person's susceptibility to the irritant contained in the leaves. Wild, H., Biegel, H.M. & Mavi, S. (1972: 151). The attached Note 2 describes the effects of the plants in a particular case.
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Buchanan_(settler).
Habitat: Rocky terrain in montane grassland and Brachystegia woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Eastern Zimbabwe and adjacent areas of Mozambique; also on Gorongosa Mountain.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 16 June 2007

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 602 - 603.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21. As Diplolophium swynnertonii

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 18.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 87.

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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: Diplolophium buchananii subsp. swynnertonii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143250, retrieved 28 May 2024

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