Trichodesma ambacense Welw.
subsp. hockii (De Wild.) Brummitt

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Trichodesma ambacense subsp. hockii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Trichodesma ambacense subsp. hockii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Trichodesma ambacense subsp. hockii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Trichodesma ambacense subsp. hockii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Common names: Blue Bells of St Mary's (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb with many erect stems growing from a rootstock, dying back each winter. Stems bristly-hairy, sometimes sparsely so. Leaves lanceolate to ovate or elliptic. Inflorescence composed of 2-9 cymose primary branches, without bracts. Sepals ovate, enlarging in fruit. Corolla 17-25 mm, blue. Fruit a single discoid tomentose nutlet.
Derivation of specific name: ambacense: from Ambaca a district of Angola where the type was collected.
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: From Sudan southwards to Zimbabwe and Botswana; also in West Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s):
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 122 - 123. (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 30.

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 98 - 99.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 41.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 62.

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Flora of Botswana: Trichodesma ambacense subsp. hockii
Flora of Mozambique: Trichodesma ambacense subsp. hockii
Flora of Zambia: Trichodesma ambacense subsp. hockii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Trichodesma ambacense subsp. hockii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Trichodesma ambacense
African Plant Database: Trichodesma ambacense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Trichodesma ambacense
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Trichodesma ambacense
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Trichodesma ambacense
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Trichodesma ambacense
JSTOR Plant Science: Trichodesma ambacense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Trichodesma ambacense
Plants of the World Online: Trichodesma ambacense
Tropicos: Trichodesma ambacense
Wikipedia: Trichodesma ambacense

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Trichodesma ambacense subsp. hockii., retrieved 28 September 2023

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