Kohautia amatymbica Eckl. & Zeyh.

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Kohautia amatymbica

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Vumba rd, nr Nyamheni turnoff

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Synonyms: Hedyotis amatymbica (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Steudel
Oldenlandia amatymbica (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Kuntze
Common names: Tremble tops (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Erect annual or perennial herb, up to 60 cm, with one to several unbranched stems from a woody base. Leaves opposite, narrowly linear to linear-lanceolate. Flowers in loose terminal inflorescences; Corolla lobes usually 4, cream to white above, purple brown or dirty yellow underneath and on the corolla tube; sweetly scented.
Derivation of specific name: amatymbica: named after the AmaThembu people in South Africa.
Habitat: Mostly found in recently burned grassland, on rocky slopes and along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho and Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 400 - 401. (Includes a picture).

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 63.

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 72.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 202 - 203. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 82 - 83. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Page 91.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Kohautia amatymbica
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Kohautia amatymbica
Plants of the World Online: Kohautia amatymbica
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Wikipedia: Kohautia amatymbica

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: Kohautia amatymbica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154700, retrieved 30 May 2024

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