Stemodiopsis rivae Engl.

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Stemodiopsis rivae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Stemodiopsis rivae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Stemodiopsis rivae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

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Synonyms: Stemodiopsis humilis Skan
Common names:
Much-branched perennial herb, up to c. 15 cm tall. Stems 4-angled, procumbent, up to 35 cm long covered in short stiff whitish hairs. Leaves ovate, up to 18 mm long, covered in short stiff whitish hairs; margin coarsely toothed. Flowers solitary in the upper leaf axils; corolla hairy, white, purple in the throat, up to 11 mm long. upper lip c. 3 mm long, triangular-ovate; lower lip c. 4 × 4.5 mm, 3 lobed. Capsule c. 5 mm long, beaked, pale brown, minutely hairy.
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Habitat: In rock crevices.
Altitude range: Up to 1450 m
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Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: S
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Content last updated: Friday 12 June 2015

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 53.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

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 78. Under Scrophulariaceae

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 41 - 42. (Includes a picture).

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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: Stemodiopsis rivae., retrieved 16 April 2024

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