Striga angustifolia (Don) C.J. Saldanha

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Striga angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Namuli, Mozambique

Striga angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Namuli, Mozambique

Striga angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Namuli, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Buchnera angustifolia D. Don
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Erect, annual or biennial herb, 10-50 cm tall. Stems with stiffly erect, simple branches, more or less pubescent to densely covered in short rough hairs. Leaves (sub)opposite but alternate above, linear to linear-lanceolate, 10-20 mm long, finely pubescentn; margin entire. Flowers alternate solitary in the axils, together sometimes, forming long, lax spikes. Lower bracts leaf-like, the upper linear. Calyx tubular, 10-12 mm long, prominently 15-ribbed, 5-toothed, finely pubescent; teeth linear-lanceolate, 3-5 mm long, elongating in fruit. Corolla white or cream with a greenish tube, pubescent outside; tube 10-15 mm long, abruptly curved just above the calyx teeth and inflated above; lower lobes obovate 6-8 mm long and c. 5 mm wide, rounded. Capsule ovoid, 4-5 mm long, pointed at the apex.
Derivation of specific name: angustifolia: narrow-leaved
Habitat: In seepage areas on seasonally wet rock.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe; also in Oman, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Friday 7 October 2011

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 78. Under Scrophulariaceae

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 133 - 134.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 177.

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Flora of Malawi: Striga angustifolia
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Striga angustifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Striga angustifolia
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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: Striga angustifolia., retrieved 27 May 2024

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