1. Family: Orobanchaceae Vent.
    1. Genus: Alectra Thunb.
      1. Alectra dolichocalyx Philcox

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Kenya to Zambia.

    [FZ]

    Scrophulariaceae, D. Philcox. Flora Zambesiaca 8:2. 1990

    Habit
    Erect, prostrate or scrambling, short-rooted annual to c. 20 cm. tall; branches up to 18(40) cm. long, alternate, weakly medium- to long-pilose.
    Leaves
    Leaves 30–60 x 2–6 mm., linear-lanceolate, acute, subcordate at base, dentate with 3–7 teeth on each margin, glabrous above, pilose-scabrid on somewhat thickened margin and major nerves beneath.
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary in axils of leaves or leaf-like bracts, pedicellate.
    Pedicel
    Pedicels 1.5–2.5 mm. long, to 4.5 mm. at maturity, stout.
    Bracts
    Bracts similar to leaves, equal to or longer than calyx.
    Bracteoles
    Bracteoles 10–12 mm. or more long, c. 1 mm. wide, pilose on margins.
    Calyx
    Calyx 11.5–18(21) mm. long, thin, clearly 10-nerved, long-pilose only on nerves and margins of lobes; lobes 5–10 mm. long, narrowly triangular.
    Corolla
    Corolla pale yellow or cream, 14–22 mm. long, glabrous without, eglandular.
    Stamens
    Stamens subequal, 4.5–5.5 mm. long; filaments bearded, anther thecae apiculate.
    Fruits
    Capsule c. 8.5 x 8.5 mm., compressed spherical to broadly ovoid.
    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Zambia, Kabulamwanda, 120 km N of Choma, Robinson 1238 (K!, holo.; SRGH, iso.)
    Habit
    Annual herb (5–)8–30 cm high.
    Stem
    Stems purplish, erect to ascending to ± prostrate, simple or usually branched, pilose
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, sessile to very shortly petiolate, linear to linear-lanceolate, 15–60 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, apex acute to rounded, base subcordate, margins dentate with 3–7 teeth on each side of leaf, 1-veined, glabrous above, pilose scabrid on veins beneath and thickened margins
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary in the axils of leaves or leaf-like bracts; bracts similar to leaves, as long as or longer than calyx; bracteoles linear, 10–12 mm, 1–1.5 mm wide, pilose on margins; pedicels 1.5–2.5 mm, elongating to 4 mm in fruit
    Calyx
    Calyx 10–20 mm long, 10-veined, long pilose on veins and margins of lobes; lobes narrow triangular, 5–10 mm, acute
    Corolla
    Corolla pale yellow, 15–22 mm, lobed above with rounded, equal lobes
    Stamens
    Stamens unequal; filaments bearded; anthers apiculate
    Fruits
    Capsule ovoid, 8–11 mm long, 7–8 mm in diameter, somewhat compressed, glabrous.
    Ecology
    Wet grassland, seepages, seasonally flooded grassland, edges of water holes; 250–1650 m
    Conservation
    Least Concern (LC)
    Distribution
    Range: Zambia Flora districts: U4 K5 T4 T6
    [FTEA]
    Use
    None recorded on specimens from our area

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

    Alectra dolichocalyx Philcox appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Oct 1, 1986 Robinson, E. A. [1238], Zambia K000197079 holotype
    Bidgood, S. [5989], Tanzania K000468436

    First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2.A, 60: 269 (1987)

    Accepted by

    • Kliment, J., Turis, P. & Janišová, M. (2016). Taxa of vascular plants endemic to the Carpathian Mts Preslia. Casopsi Ceské Botanické Spolecnosti 88: 19-76.
    • Ghazanfar, S.A., Hepper, F.N. & Philcox, D. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Scrophulariaceae: 1-211.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • F.Z.: 8(2): 86, t. 33,  (1990).
    • Bol. Soc. Brot., ser 2, 60: 269 (1987)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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