Alectra sessiliflora (Vahl) Kuntze
var. senegalensis (Benth.) Hepper

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Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank nr path from carpark to warden's house

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Synonyms: Alectra senegalensis Benth.
Gerardia sessiliflora Vahl
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect annual herb, up to c. 50 cm tall. Stems simple or branched, with coarse whitish hairs. Leaves mostly opposite, spreading, more or less sessile, sometimes alternate and shortly petiolate within the inflorescence, broadly ovate to almost round, 1.5 - 5 cm long; margin coarsely toothed. Flowers in the axils of leaves or leaf-like bracts, pale yellow to dull orange, sometimes purple-veined. See var. sessiliflora and var. monticola (Engl.) Melch. for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: sessiliflora: flowers without stalks
Habitat: Occurring in Brachystegia woodland, wet (montane) grassland and along streams and lakes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2280 m
Flowering time:Aug - May
Worldwide distribution: From West Africa to Ethiopia, Sudan and South to Botswana, Caprivi-Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 15 May 2009

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 184 - 185. (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 264. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3.

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) Pages 86 - 90.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 102.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 175.

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Flora of Botswana: Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis
Flora of Malawi: Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis
Flora of Mozambique: Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis
Flora of Zambia: Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Alectra sessiliflora
African Plant Database: Alectra sessiliflora
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Alectra sessiliflora
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Alectra sessiliflora
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Alectra sessiliflora
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Alectra sessiliflora
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Alectra sessiliflora
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Alectra sessiliflora
iNaturalist: Alectra sessiliflora
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Alectra sessiliflora
JSTOR Plant Science: Alectra sessiliflora
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Alectra sessiliflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Alectra sessiliflora
Plants of the World Online: Alectra sessiliflora
The Plant List (version 1.1): Alectra sessiliflora
Tropicos: Alectra sessiliflora
Wikipedia: Alectra sessiliflora

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Alectra sessiliflora var. senegalensis., retrieved 24 October 2019

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