Cyanotis foecunda Hassk.

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Cyanotis foecunda

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, Chimanimani mountains.

Cyanotis foecunda

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, Chimanimani mountains.

Cyanotis foecunda

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, Chimanimani mountains.

Cyanotis foecunda

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, Chimanimani mountains.

Cyanotis foecunda

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, Chimanimani mountains.

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Synonyms: Cyanotis minima De Wild.
Cyanotis montana K. Schum.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, usually with a distinct base in the form of a tuberous rhizome or sometimes a cluster of corms. Stems decumbent or ascending, occasionally scrambling into bushes up the 60 cm tall, unbranched or branching from the lower nodes, sparsely hairy to densely appressed white pubescent. Leaves distichous, narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate-oblong, 2.5-15 cm long, flat or folded along the length, mostly hairless above, except for submarginal bands of hairs, densely whitish or greyish hairy; margin ciliate. Inflorescences mostly axillary, sessile, 5-16 per shoot in the axils of leafy, strongly decrescent bracts; shoots often zigzag. Corolla blue to violet, mauve or lilac; stamens with filaments up to 10 mm long, bearded with blue or violet hairs; style usually hairless or very sparsely bearded, with an apical finely pointed swelling.
Type location:
Ethiopia
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Habitat: In woodland, bushland, thickets and grassland, often on bare ground and in rock crevices. Also on termite mounds and occasionally in swampy places.
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Cameroon to Ethiopia and South to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): ?
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Friday 29 July 2016
Literature:

Chapano, Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 26 - 27.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 48. (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 87.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 117.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 181.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyanotis foecunda
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyanotis foecunda
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cyanotis foecunda
Tropicos: Cyanotis foecunda


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cyanotis foecunda.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=112900, retrieved 29 April 2017

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