Swertia usambarensis Engl.
var. curtioides (Gilg) Sileshi

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Swertia usambarensis var. curtioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Namuli Peak

Swertia usambarensis var. curtioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Namuli Peak

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Synonyms: Swertia curtioides Gilg
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Status: Native
Erect annual herb, up to 30 cm tall, with 4-ridged stems, branching from near the base. Leaves opposite, ovate-lanceolate to ovate-oblong, 4-30 mm long, decreasing in size towards the base, folded lengthwise, spreading, subpetiolate near the base, sessile in the upper leaves. Flowers in terminal corymbose heads, 5-merous, whitish or creamy-white, sometimes with purple veins. Capsule narrowly ellipsoid, 4-5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: usambarensis: of the Usambara Mts in Tanzania;
curtioides: resembling Curtia, another genus in Gentianaceae.
Habitat: Among grasses on seepage rock.
Altitude range: 1775 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Sunday 4 September 2016

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 98 - 99. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 176.

Paiva, J. & Nogueira, I. (1990). Gentianaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Page 30. As Swertia curtioides

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

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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: Swertia usambarensis var. curtioides.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=172520, retrieved 14 July 2024

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