Craterostigma pumilum Hochst.

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Craterostigma pumilum

Photo: Penny English
Ripple Creek section of Bubye Valley Conservancy

Craterostigma pumilum

Photo: Penny English
Ripple Creek section of Bubye Valley Conservancy

Craterostigma pumilum

Photo: Penny English
Ripple Creek section of Bubye Valley Conservancy

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Status: Native
Small perennial herb. Leaves in a basal rosette, obovate, 2-4 × 1-2 cm, hairless and smooth above (rarely with a few hairs), densely pubescent beneath; margin closely ciliate. Inflorescence arising from the centre of the rosette on a ± sessile peduncle with relatively long (2-3 cm) pedicels bearing individual flowers. Corolla c. 15 mm long; colour varying from purple or blue to pink with a white and yellowish throat; upper lip entire; lower lip 3-lobed.
Derivation of specific name: pumilum: dwarf
Habitat: In moist shallow soil over rocks.
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 30 November 2013

Hepper, F.N. (1990). Craterostigma Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Page 54.

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. Under Scrophulariaceae

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Page 54.

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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: Craterostigma pumilum., retrieved 27 May 2024

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