Brachystelma gracile E.A. Bruce

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Status: Native
Erect perennial with a simple or branched annual stem, up to 70 cm, growing from a tuber. Leaves variable but mostly filiform or linear up to 40-120 mm long and 1-2 mm wide, blue-green. Flowers axillary in clusters of 1-4. Corolla 10-17mm; lobes green, slender, twisted and united at the tips into a cage; margins with long, soft white hairs. Outer corona with 5 deeply 2-fid lobes; inner lobes spathulate longer than the anthers.
Derivation of specific name: gracile: graceful, slender
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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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 20.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 25.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachystelma gracile
African Plant Database: Brachystelma gracile
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Brachystelma gracile., retrieved 23 May 2022

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