Brachystelma pygmaeum (Schltr.) N.E. Br.
subsp. pygmaeum

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Brachystelma pygmaeum subsp. pygmaeum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Nr middle lake, Connemara, Nyanga

Brachystelma pygmaeum subsp. pygmaeum

Photo: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Nr middle lake, Connemara, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Dichaelia pygmaea Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Low-growing perennial herb with spreading annual stems 40-80 cm, growing from a tuber. Leaves narrowly to broadly ovate, thinly hairy below. Flowers 1-3 in the upper leaf axils. Corolla with a shallow tube, the slender perianth lobes fusing at the tips to form a cage over the column, variable in colour but mostly pale yellow. Corona much reduced and appearing as an extension to the gymnostegium.
Derivation of specific name: pygmaeum: pygmy
Habitat: Among rocks in grassland.
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Friday 2 March 2007

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.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachystelma pygmaeum
African Plant Database: Brachystelma pygmaeum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Brachystelma pygmaeum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Brachystelma pygmaeum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Brachystelma pygmaeum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Brachystelma pygmaeum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Brachystelma pygmaeum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Brachystelma pygmaeum
iNaturalist: Brachystelma pygmaeum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Brachystelma pygmaeum
JSTOR Plant Science: Brachystelma pygmaeum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachystelma pygmaeum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brachystelma pygmaeum
Plants of the World Online: Brachystelma pygmaeum
Tropicos: Brachystelma pygmaeum
Wikipedia: Brachystelma pygmaeum

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 pygmaeum subsp. pygmaeum., retrieved 25 January 2022

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