Aptosimum lineare Marloth & Engl.

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Aptosimum lineare

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Rimiti West, by rd to Birchenough Bridge

Aptosimum lineare

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Hwali River bridge

Aptosimum lineare

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Near the viewing platform, Masuma Dam, Hwange NP

Aptosimum lineare

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By road from Birchenough Bridge-Masvingo Rd to Lake Kyle Recreational Park entrance gate

Aptosimum lineare

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Just outside Mbalabala along road to Esigodini

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Synonyms: Aptosimum randii S. Moore
Common names: Carpet flower (English) Veld violet (English)
Frequency: Frequent at lower altitudes
Status: Native
Low growing perennial herb or subshrub, often forming compact, prostrate cushions, sometimes erect and tufted. Leaves linear-oblong to narrowly oblanceolate with glandular hairs, particularly on the upper surface. Flowers deep blue to violet, darker near the centre.
Derivation of specific name: lineare: linear
Habitat: Hot dry woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 550 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 15 March 2014

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 323. (Includes a picture).

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 70.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Page 6.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 107, plate 145

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 102.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aptosimum lineare
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Wikipedia: Aptosimum lineare

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: Aptosimum lineare.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150930, retrieved 13 June 2024

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