Kohautia cynanchica DC.

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Kohautia cynanchica

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Shashe Wilderness Camp to the National Parks office

Kohautia cynanchica

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Shashe Wilderness Camp to the National Parks office

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Synonyms: Hedyotis cynanchica (DC.) Steud.
Oldenlandia cynanchica (DC.) K. Schum. ex Kuntze
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Status: Native
Erect or suberect wiry annual or perennial herb, up to 60 cm. Stems somewhat quadrangular, mostly hairless but with sparse rounded papillae along the ridges. Leaves opposite, often appearing whorled due to extra short shoot leaves, filiform to narrowly linear, up to 5cm long, mostly hairless but with loosely arranged papillae; margin often rolled under. Flowers in loose branched heads. Corolla lobes usually 4, white, cream or rarely mauve-pink above, reddish-brown or olive-brown underneath and on the corolla tube; sweetly scented in the late afternoon and evening.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along dry river courses and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 6 May 2008

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 97.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 91 - 93.

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

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 cynanchica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154750, retrieved 31 May 2024

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