Selago thyrsoidea Baker
var. austrorhodesica Brenan

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Branched perennial herb with stems up to 20 cm long, growing from a strong woody root stock. Leaves not or only weakly clustered, linear or narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, 10-21 mm long, glandular punctate on both surfaces but otherwise hairless; margin entire, thickened. Inflorescences in short few-flowered racemes arranged in a branched head. Flowers pale to deep violet-blue, occasionally white.
Notes: It is only distinguished from var. thyrsoidea from Malawi and Tanzania in minor characters consistent with a long period of isolation.
Derivation of specific name: austrorhodesiaca: of Southern Rhodesia, a former colonial name of Zimbabwe.
Habitat: In grassland and scrub, often among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1800 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Mar - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Nyanga area in Eastern Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 182.

Hilliard, O.M. (1999). The tribe Selagineae (Scrophulariaceae) Kew Publishing Page 223.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 148.

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. Under family Selaginaceae

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 171 - 173.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 116, plate 154 & 155

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Selago thyrsoidea
African Plant Database: Selago thyrsoidea
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Selago thyrsoidea
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Wikipedia: Selago thyrsoidea

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: Selago thyrsoidea var. austrorhodesica., retrieved 5 March 2024

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