Wahlenbergia virgata Engl.

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Wahlenbergia virgata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 3, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Wahlenbergia virgata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 3, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Wahlenbergia virgata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 3, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Wahlenbergia recurvata Brehmer
Wahlenbergia sparticula Chiov.
Wahlenbergia subnuda Conrath
Common names:
Status: Native
Wiry, much-branched, more or less erect perennial herb, up to 70 cm. Leaves few, small and scale-like, scattered along the stem. Flowers white, sometimes pale blue, tinged purplish or yellowish; corolla lobed for about 2/3 of the length.
Derivation of specific name: virgata: twiggy, with straight, slender twigs
Habitat: In grassland and on roadsides, particularly on patches of bare or eroded soil.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: From the Sudan and Ethiopia.southwards on the eastern side of Africa to South Africa
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 21 September 2018

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Thulin, M. (1983). Campanulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 92 - 93. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 48 - 49. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 90.

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Flora of Mozambique: Wahlenbergia virgata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Wahlenbergia virgata
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Wahlenbergia virgata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Wahlenbergia virgata
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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: Wahlenbergia virgata.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157680, retrieved 22 March 2023

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