Graderia scabra (L.f.) Benth.

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Graderia scabra

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Stapleford, Mutare District

Graderia scabra

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Circular Drive, Nyanga NP

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Synonyms: Bopusia scabra (L.f.) C. Presl
Gerardia scabra L.f.
Melasma zeyheri Hook.
Sopubia scabra (L.f.) G. Don
Common names: Pink ground-bells (English)
Status: Native
More or less erect perennial herb with annual stems, up to 30 cm tall, growing from a strong woody rootstock. Leaves subopposite or alternate, 1-3 cm long, lanceolate or ovate-elliptic, subsessile, 3-5-veined, with rough hairs on both surfaces; margin with large lobe-like teeth. Flowers in the axils the upper leaves. Corolla funnel-shaped, 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter, purple-mauve or pink. Capsule c. 7 × 6 mm, strongly longitudinally compressed, appearing winged, embedded in the persistent calyx.
Derivation of specific name: scabra: scabrid or rough, referring to the hairs on the leaves and stems.
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2500 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C
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Content last updated: Friday 24 July 2015

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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

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.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 150 - 151. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 111, plate 149

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 430 - 431. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 96.

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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: Graderia scabra., retrieved 29 May 2024

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