Canscora kirkii N. E. Br.

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Frequency: Uncommon
Status: Native
Description:
Erect annual herb, up to 35 cm tall. Stem slender, 4-angled, hairless. Leaves ovate-elliptic to elliptic, 1–3.5 cm, 3–5-veined from the base, hairless; upper leaves sessile, lower leaves with petiole up to 5 mm long. Flowers very numerous, in slender leafy inflorescences, pink, pinkish-white or white; bracts sessile, ovate, 3–5 mm long; pedicels 4–12 mm long, not winged. Calyx tube 2–2.5 mm. long; teeth, 0.75–1.5 mm long. Corolla tube 2.5–3.5 mm. long; lobes obovate-elliptic, oblong, emarginate or bifid at the apex, 1.5–2 mm long. Capsule cylindric, 3–3.5 mm long.
Notes: Although not in Kirkia 18-1 (Mapaura, 2002) and only listed for Zambia in Sabonet 14 (Golding, 2002), this species is both a Near-endemic and should be considered Vulnerable.
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: In bogs at edge of rain forest and rocks in spray zone.
Altitude range: (metres) 890 - 910 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the area around Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zambia.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Literature:

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 142.

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) Pages 38 - 39. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 66.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Canscora kirkii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144760, retrieved 21 July 2019

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