Faroa amara Gilg ex Baker

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Faroa amara

Photo: Lynn Read

Faroa amara

Photo: Lynn Read

Faroa amara

Photo: Lynn Read

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Common names:
Frequency: Local, but possibly overlooked.
Status: Native
Tiny annual with winged stems to 7 (-12) cm. Leaves ± sessile, spathulate to oblanceolate, not occurring in a basal rosette and not exceeding the subtending flower fascicle. Inflorescence of axillary clusters, forming a dense terminal inflorescence. Flowers mauve, purplish or blue. Calyx lobes 1-nerved. Corolla lobes 0.9-1.2 mm. Seeds spherical.
Derivation of specific name: amara: bitter
Habitat: In sandy soil in open habitats.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 24 August 2008

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 53.

Paiva, J. & Nogueira, I. (1990). Gentianaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Page 45.

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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: Faroa amara.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144710, retrieved 4 March 2024

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