1. Family: Scrophulariaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Selago L.
      1. Selago nyasae Rolfe

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

    Scrophulariaceae, S.A. Ghazanfar, F.N. Hepper & D. Philcox. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

    Type
    Type: Tanzania, Njombe/Rungwe District: higher plateau north of Lake Nyasa, Thomson s.n. (K!, lecto., chosen by Hilliard, 1999)
    Habit
    Small shrub, to 1 m tall with a woody root-stock, branching from the base.
    Branches
    Branches dark reddish brown, often virgate, pubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, strongly fascicled, spreading, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, 5–25 mm long, ± 1 mm wide, apex acute, margins entire, midrib channelled above, glabrous, glandular-punctate
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence of few-flowered congested racemes in narrow branched panicles; bracts oblong to linear-oblong, adnate to the calyx tube and pedicel, 2.5–3 mm long, glabrous or with few hairs on the lower margins; pedicels up to 1 mm long
    Calyx
    Calyx obliquely campanulate, 1–2 mm long, 5-lobed to half the length; tube minutely puberulous and glandular-punctate; lobes oblong, ± equal, obtuse, margins pale, villous on the margins
    Corolla
    Corolla funnel-shaped; tube 2–3 mm long; limb pale to violet-blue, ± 3 mm across; lobes elliptic to oblong, 1.5–2.5 mm long, the two anterior ones obtuse
    Stamens
    Stamens with filaments ± 2 mm long; anthers exserted
    Gynoecium
    Ovary ± 1 mm; style and stigma ± 3.5 mm long, glabrous or minutely puberulous
    Fruits
    Cocci subrotund, ± 1 mm long, reddish brown, smooth, glabrous.
    Ecology
    Montane grassland and heath with tussock grass and composites; 1800–2800 m
    Conservation
    Least concern (LC); localized but not uncommon and not at any threat as far as is known
    Note
    The separation of S. thyrsoidea Bak. and S. nyasae Rolfe has been dealt with in detail by Hilliard (op. cit.). Following Hilliard, all our material earlier identified as S. thyrsoidea Bak. var. nyikensis from the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, especially the Kitulo Plateau is referable to S. nyasae. The flowers are recorded to be mildly fragrant (fide Greenway 8425).
    Distribution
    Range: Only known from the high plateau of Tanzania Flora districts: T7
    [FTEA]
    Use
    None recorded on our specimens

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Selago nyasae Rolfe appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1996 Thomson [s.n.], Tanzania K000405562 lectotype
    Jan 1, 1996 Johnson [s.n.], Tanzania K000405563 syntype

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 5: 270 (1900)

    Accepted by

    • Ghazanfar, S.A., Hepper, F.N. & Philcox, D. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Scrophulariaceae: 1-211.

    Not accepted by

    • Philcox, D. (1990). Flora Zambesiaca 8(2): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Selago thyrsoidea var. nyikensis.]

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Ghazanfar, S.A., Hepper, F.N. & Philcox, D. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Scrophulariaceae: 1-211.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Hilliard, Selagineae: 224 (1999).
    • F.T.A. 5: 270 (1900)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0