Digitalis purpurea L.

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Digitalis purpurea

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Common names: Foxglove (English)
Frequency: Rare as an escape
Status: Introduced
Usually biennial herb to c.1 m. Stems simple, erect. Leaves with a winged petiole. Flowers numerous, arranged in a raceme, pendent. Corolla 4-5 cm, usually pinkish-purple with deeper purple spots on a white background inside the lower part of the tube. Capsule ovoid.
Notes: A rare escape from gardens, occurring in high rainfall parts of the Eastern Highlands.
Derivation of specific name: purpurea: purple
Habitat: On roadside verges, in old plantations and disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Native to Western Europe, from Norway south to Spain, and North Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 11 December 2007

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 128 - 129. (Includes a picture).

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).

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 77 - 80. (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.

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Flora of Malawi: Digitalis purpurea
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Digitalis purpurea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Digitalis purpurea

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

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: Digitalis purpurea., retrieved 21 February 2024

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