Sebaea grandis (E. Mey.) Steud.

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Sebaea grandis

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Nr Nyakupinga R Bridge, by Juliasdale - Mutare Rd

Sebaea grandis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airedale Rd, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Belmontia grandis E. Mey.
Exochaenium grande (E. Mey.) Griseb.
Exochaenium macranthum Hill
Parasia grandis (E. Mey.) Hiern
Sebaea natalensis (Schinz) Schinz
Common names: Large-flowered sebaea (English)
Status: Native
Erect annual or rarely perennial herb, up to 40cm. Leaves lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate, opposite along a 4-ridged stem. Flowers large for the genus, up to 4.5 cm in diameter, terminal, mostly solitary, white to pale yellow with an orange to orange-brown tinge. Fruit a small subspherical capsule.
Derivation of specific name: grandis: of great size
Habitat: In grassland and among rocks, often in sandy soils.
Altitude range: 460 - 2100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Nigeria, Cameroons, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 111. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 300 - 301. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 272. (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 53.

Paiva, J. & Nogueira, I. (1990). Gentianaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 19 - 21. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 67.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 298 - 299. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 76.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 106.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 146 - 147. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 92.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Sebaea grandis., retrieved 18 April 2024

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