Cyphia nyikensis Thulin

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Cyphia nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Cyphia nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Cyphia nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Cyphia nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Cyphia nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Cyphia nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
Description:
Erect herb, with an unbranched stem, up to 25 cm high, ribbed, mostly hairless except for short pubescence in the inflorescence region. Leaves subsessile to shortly petiolate, crowded towards the base of the stem, lanceolate to elliptic, 20–45 mm long, hairless, veins prominent beneath; margin serrate–crenate, slightly rolled under. Flowers in a dense raceme, mostly up to 3 cm long but sometimes longer, shortly pubescent; bracts up to 10 mm long, dentate. Calyx with lobes narrowly triangular, erect, 3·2–5·6 mm long, with 1–2 pairs of teeth at the margin. Corolla c. 8 mm long, pale pink, darker purple towards the base, tubular with 5 subequal lobes c. 4 mm long, tube shortly pubescent on the outside and on the inside towards the base, lobes papillose on both sides.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: nyikensis of Nyika Plateau in Malawi.
Habitat: In shallow soils overlying rock.
Altitude range: 2250 - 2400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from the Nyika Plateau, Malawi.
Malawi distribution: N
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Content last updated: Sunday 5 May 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 196.

Thulin, M. (1983). Lobeliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 149 - 150.

Willis, C.K., Burrows, J.E., Fish, L., Phiri, P.S.M., Chikuni, A.C. & Golding, J. (2001). Developing a greater understanding of the flora of the Nyika Syst. Geogr. Pl. 71(2) Page 999.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyphia nyikensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyphia nyikensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyphia nyikensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cyphia nyikensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyphia nyikensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cyphia nyikensis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cyphia nyikensis
iNaturalist: Cyphia nyikensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyphia nyikensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyphia nyikensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyphia nyikensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyphia nyikensis
Plants of the World Online: Cyphia nyikensis
Tropicos: Cyphia nyikensis
Wikipedia: Cyphia nyikensis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Cyphia nyikensis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=220120, retrieved 1 October 2022

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