Selago viscosa Rolfe

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Synonyms: Selago laticorymbosa Gilli
Selago maclouniei Rolfe
Selago thomsonii Rolfe var. coerulea (Rolfe) Brenan sensu Philcox in FZ 8-2:171 (1990) p.p.
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Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, with stout, erect to decumbent stems 0.5 - 1.5 m tall, virgately branched above, hairy. Leaves opposite becoming alternate upwards, clustered, spreading, oblanceolate to elliptic, 10-33 mm long and 1.5-5 mm wide, narrowed at the base to a petiolar part, thinly textured, midrib visible, hairs on margin and midrib, few scattered particularly above; margin entire or with a few minute teeth, slightly thickened Inflorescence up to 300 mm in diameter, a lax round-topped panicle composed of small lax heads, the individual racemes c. 4 x 5 mm. Bracts adnate to pedicel and part of calyx tube, lowermost oblong, 2 - 3.2 mm long, concave, hairy mainly on margins. Pedicels less than 1 mm long. Calyx obliquely campanulate, 1.4 - 1.8 mm long, 5-lobed roughly halfway, 2 lobes larger than other 3, hairy on margins and outside. Corolla 3 - 4 mm across lateral lobes; tube 1 - 1.8 mm long, broadly funnel-shaped; all lobes elliptic, shades of lavender blue.
Derivation of specific name: viscosa: viscid or sticky but this considered a misnomer as the plants are not viscid.
Habitat: In grassland, along forest margins, on rocky outcrops, and in wet depressions also on bare ground along roadsides or firebreaks.
Altitude range: 1065 - 2530 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southwestern Tanzania and northern Malawi.
Malawi distribution: N
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 158 - 159. as Selago thomsonii (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 270.

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

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: Selago viscosa., retrieved 31 March 2023

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