Sutera debilis Hutch.

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Synonyms: Sutera hereroensis auct. non Skan
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Status: Native
Semi-erect or decumbent annual or short-lived perennial herb with simple sparsely branched, glandular-pubescent stems up to 45 cm long. Leaves opposite becoming alternate upwards, rhomboid to broadly ovate, c.4-33 mm long, glandular-pubescent on both surfaces; margin with 3-6 pairs of coarse lobe-like teeth; petiole c.3-11 mm long. Flowers solitary in upper leaf axils. Pedicels c.6-23 mm long. Calyx somewhat 2-lipped, lobes linear, 2-5 mm long, glandular-pubescent. Corolla 6-10 mm in diameter, pale blue, pinkish-mauve or white with a yellow throat; tube funnel-shaped, 6-11 mm long, glandular-hairy outside. Capsule narrowly ovoid 2.5-5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: debilis: weak, frail, feeble.
Habitat: In rocky woodland and in shade of rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1460 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Hilliard, O.M. (1994). The Manuleae. A tribe of the Scrophulariaceae Edinburgh University Press Page 238.

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 79.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 27 - 28. As Sutera hereroensis (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sutera debilis
African Plant Database: Sutera debilis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sutera debilis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sutera debilis
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iNaturalist: Sutera debilis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sutera debilis
JSTOR Plant Science: Sutera debilis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sutera debilis
Plants of the World Online: Sutera debilis
Tropicos: Sutera debilis
Wikipedia: Sutera debilis

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: Sutera debilis., retrieved 28 May 2024

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