Diclis tenella Hemsl.

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Diclis tenella

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park.

Diclis tenella

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park.

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Status: Native
Prostrate or creeping annual herb. Stems much branched, up to 25 cm long, with soft spreading hairs. Leaves broadly ovate, triangular or almost round with long hairs on both surfaces; margin coarsely toothed. Flowers solitary, axillary, white to pale mauve with purple and yellow spots in the throat; corolla with a curved spur c. 6 mm long; upper lip small 2-lobed; lower lip large with 3 spreading lobes, mid-lobe largest.
Derivation of specific name: tenella: very soft, tender
Habitat: In the shelter of overhanging rocks and at the entrances of caves, both in grassland and forest
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 7 January 2019

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 265. (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 77.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 12 - 13. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 176.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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Flora of Malawi: Diclis tenella
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Diclis tenella
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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: Diclis tenella.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150990, retrieved 4 March 2024

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