Hedbergia abyssinica (Benth.) Molau

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Hedbergia abyssinica

Photo: Penny English
Near Chelinda Lodges, Nyika National Park.

Hedbergia abyssinica

Photo: Penny English
Near Chelinda Lodges, Nyika National Park.

Hedbergia abyssinica

Photo: Penny English
Near Chelinda Lodges, Nyika National Park.

Hedbergia abyssinica

Photo: Penny English
Near Chelinda Lodges, Nyika National Park.

Hedbergia abyssinica

Photo: Penny English
Near Chelinda Lodges, Nyika National Park.

Hedbergia abyssinica

Photo: Penny English
Near Chelinda Lodges, Nyika National Park.

Hedbergia abyssinica

Photo: Penny English
Near Chelinda Lodges, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Alectra abyssinica (Benth.) A. Rich.
Alectra petitiana A.Rich.
Bartsia abyssinica Benth.
Bartsia abyssinica Benth. var. nyikensis (R.E. Fries) O. Hedb. et al.
Bartsia abyssinica Benth. var. petitiana (A. Rich.) O. Hedb. et al.
Bartsia elgonensis R.E. Fries.
Bartsia mannii Skan
Bartsia nyikensis R.E. Fries
Bartsia petitiana (A.Rich.) Skan
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, erect or scrambling up to 3 m tall, growing from a woody rootstock, glandular hairy. Leaves subsessile, stiffly spreading, elliptic to lanceolate, up to 30 mm long, minutely short-hispid to almost hairless; margins shallowly or deeply serrate-crenate, more or less reflexed. Inflorescence usually much branched, many-flowered; flowers, opposite to subopposite; pedicels 2–5 mm long. Calyx 5–7.5 mm long, shortly hispid, sometimes slightly 2-lipped with lobes irregularly crenate-dentate. Corolla white to pale pink or rarely purple-white to pink or magenta; corolla almost equally 5-lobed with a curved tube. Capsule ovoid to subglobose, 5–13 mm long, hairy.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, where the type was collected.
Habitat: In grassland and along forest margins.
Altitude range: 2000 - 2450 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 10 July 2020
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 265. (Includes a picture).

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 156 - 158. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hedbergia abyssinica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hedbergia abyssinica
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Hedbergia abyssinica.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=224290, retrieved 21 September 2020

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