Dicliptera gillilandiorum (K. Balkwill) I. Darbysh.

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Dicliptera gillilandiorum

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Dicliptera gillilandiorum

Photo: Mark Hyde

Dicliptera gillilandiorum

Photo: Mark Hyde

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Synonyms: Peristrophe gillilandiorum K. Balkwill
Common names:
Frequency: Rare and local in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Shrubby suffrutex perennial. 45-100 cm tall. Stems 6-angular and whitish pubescent when young. Leaves linear-lanceolate to narrowly oblong, 2-7 cm long, finely whitish pubescent mainly when young; petiole up to 4.5 mm long. Flowers in axillary inflorescences. Bracts green to dark brown, pairs unequal, larger bract subulate to linear-lanceolate, 4.5-10 mm long, spreading pubescent outside and with glandular hairs, only midrib prominent. Corolla 14-24 mm long, pale purple, pale lilac or white with dark purple guidelines; upper lip oblong, 7-14 mm long; lower lip ovate or elliptic, 8-13 mm long. Capsule c. 10 mm long, shortly pubescent.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On rock sandstone hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from a small area in the Limpopo Valley of southern Zimbabwe and northern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Endangered
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Balkwill, K., Cadman, M.-J. & Getliffe Norris, F. (1985). Taxonomic Studies in the Acanthaceae: New Species of Peristrophe from the Limpopo Valley South African Journal of Botany 51 Pages 485 - 488. (Includes a picture).

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015). Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6) Pages 287 - 288.

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 14. as Peristrophe gillilandiorum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dicliptera gillilandiorum
African Plant Database: Dicliptera gillilandiorum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dicliptera gillilandiorum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Dicliptera gillilandiorum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dicliptera gillilandiorum
Plants of the World Online: Dicliptera gillilandiorum
Tropicos: Dicliptera gillilandiorum
Wikipedia: Dicliptera gillilandiorum

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: Dicliptera gillilandiorum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154090, retrieved 29 February 2024

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