Swertia welwitschii Engl.

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Swertia welwitschii

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Airedale rd to Bonda, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Swertia stellarioides Hiern
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Status: Native
Erect annual herb, 25-80 cm. Stems simple or branching at the apex. Basal leaves soon disappearing. Leaves along the stem suberect, linear-lanceolate, 3 veined from the base. Flowers 5-merous, white or cream with darker veins. Corolla divided nearly to the base. Fruit a small, narrowly ellipsoid capsule, splitting into 2 valves.
Derivation of specific name: welwitschii: named after the Austrian botanist, Friedrich Martin Welwitsch (1806-1872)
Habitat: In wet, marshy grass and along river banks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1350 - 1850 m
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 28 February 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 178.

Paiva, J. & Nogueira, I. (1990). Gentianaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Page 28.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Swertia welwitschii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144840, retrieved 23 February 2018

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