1. Family: Santalaceae R.Br.
    1. Genus: Thesium L.
      1. Thesium bundiense Hilliard

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe (Chimanimani Mountains).

    [FZ]

    Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 9, Part 3. Polygonaceae-Myriaceae. Pope GV, Polhill RM, Martins ES. 2006.

    Type
    Type:Zimbabwe, Chimanimani Mts., above river Bundi, c. 1620 m, fl. & fr. 27.xii.1957, Goodier & Phipps 185 (SRGH, holotype; K; S).
    Leaves
    Leaves sharply ascending, main ones 7–15 × 0.8–1.5 mm, linear, shortly apiculate, margins pale, cartilaginous, midrib slightly raised on dorsal side Leaves sharply ascending, main ones 7–15 × 0.8–1.5 mm, linear, shortly apiculate, margins pale, cartilaginous, midrib slightly raised on dorsal side.
    Bracts
    Bracts (lowermost) 10–20 × 1.25–2 mm, linear or linear-lanceolate, adnate to entire length of pedicel; bracteoles 2, 4.3–9 × 1–1.2 mm Bracts (lowermost) 10–20 × 1.25–2 mm, linear or linear-lanceolate, adnate to entire length of pedicel; bracteoles 2, 4.3–9 × 1–1.2 mm.
    Style
    Style 1–1.2 mm long; stigma reaching top of tube
    Note
    Glaucous in life but dries black. The manner in which the flowering shoots often terminate in a long leafy sterile tip is unusual among species with the perianth lobes bearded from the apex.
    Distribution
    ZIM E Zimbabwe Known only from the two collections made by Goodier & Phipps “in grasslands on schist soils” and “among quartzite rocks by stream”; locally common.
    Habit
    Perennial herb with woody stolons c. 0.3–0.5 mm in diameter; stems in small tufts, c. 150–250 mm long, erect, simple below, ± virgately branched above, ribbed by vascular strands terminating in midribs of leaves and bracts, leafy. Perennial herb with woody stolons c. 0.3–0.5 mm in diameter; stems in small tufts, c. 150–250 mm long, erect, simple below, ± virgately branched above, ribbed by vascular strands terminating in midribs of leaves and bracts, leafy
    Flowers
    Flowers 1–10 racemosely arranged, solitary in the axil of each bract, oldest flower at apex, sometimes in a 3-flowered cymule, often the flowering axis terminating not in a flower but in a long leafy sterile shoot. Flowers 1–10 racemosely arranged, solitary in the axil of each bract, oldest flower at apex, sometimes in a 3-flowered cymule, often the flowering axis terminating not in a flower but in a long leafy sterile shoot
    Pedicel
    Pedicels (lowermost) 1.25–8 mm long. Pedicels (lowermost) 1.25–8 mm long
    Perianth
    Perianth colour unknown; tube 1.2–1.4 mm long, external glands ellipsoid, conspicuous; lobes 1.8–2.2 × 0.9–1 mm, triangular, subacute, densely white-bearded from apex. Perianth colour unknown; tube 1.2–1.4 mm long, external glands ellipsoid, conspicuous; lobes 1.8–2.2 × 0.9–1 mm, triangular, subacute, densely white-bearded from apex
    Stamens
    Stamens inserted at base of perianth lobes; filaments 0.25–0.5 mm long, nearly hidden by anthers; anthers 0.5–0.9 mm long. Stamens inserted at base of perianth lobes; filaments 0.25–0.5 mm long, nearly hidden by anthers; anthers 0.5–0.9 mm long
    Pistil
    Style 1–1.2 mm long; stigma reaching top of tube.
    Fruits
    Fruit c. 3 × 3 mm, light brown, 5 ribs strongly raised, 5 intermediates and reticulations much weaker. Fruit c. 3 × 3 mm, light brown, 5 ribs strongly raised, 5 intermediates and reticulations much weaker.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zimbabwe

    Thesium bundiense Hilliard appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1989 Goodier, R. [185], Zimbabwe K000431511 isotype

    First published in Edinburgh J. Bot. 48: 53 (1991)

    Accepted by

    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.M. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2006). Flora Zambesiaca 9(3): 1-277. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Edinb. J. Bot. 48: 53 (1991). TAB. 48, fig. A.
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.M. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2006). Flora Zambesiaca 9(3): 1-277. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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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/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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