Buchnera cryptocephala (Baker) Philcox
var. cryptocephala

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Buchnera cryptocephala var. cryptocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Buchnera cryptocephala var. cryptocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Buchnera cryptocephala var. cryptocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Buchnera cryptocephala var. cryptocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Buchnera cryptocephala var. cryptocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Buchnera pulchra Skan ex S. Moore
Lobostemon cryptocephalum Baker
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect annual herb, mostly up to 90 cm tall, drying green or brown, not black; stems simple or sparsely branched, scabrid. Leaves opposite or alternate along the stem, ovate-elliptic to oblong, 12–65 mm long, 3-5-veined, hispid-scabrid; margin entire. Inflorescence terminal in globose, hemispheric to cylindric, densely compacted head-like spikes, up to 38 mm long and 35 mm wide, usually subtended by numerous upper leaves. Bracts lanceolate, ovate or elliptic-lanceolate, 5.5–9 mm long, pilose-hispid, ciliate. Calyx 5-lobed, prominently 10-veined, hispid-scabrid especially on nerves; lobes ovate or ovate-lanceolate to linear-triangular, 1.5–2.75 mm. long. Corolla blue to purple; tube to about 10 mm long, hairless or minutely glandular outside, hairy in the throat; lobes broadly obovate, up to 4.5 mm long. Capsule ovoid-ellipsoid, 4–5 mm long, hairless.
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Habitat: Wet grassland, woodland and marshy places.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Images last updated: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 130 - 131. as Buchnera pulchra (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).

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.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 99 - 101. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 96.


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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: Buchnera cryptocephala var. cryptocephala.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152040, retrieved 15 November 2019

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