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This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Ethiopia and Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FWTA]

Scrophulariaceae, F. N. Hepper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

Morphology General Habit
Small perennial, erect or ascending, 2-4 in. high
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers blue
Ecology
A montane plant.

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Ethiopia [Abyssinia], Begemeder, Schimper 1164 (K!, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Erect perennial, 4–6(–10) cm tall, stoloniferous, much branched from base, with many fibrous roots.
Morphology Stem
Stems sparsely leafy below, denser above, quadrangular, glabrous or at times sparingly minutely pubescent below nodes and on angles of stem
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ovate to obovate, 5–12(–20) mm long, 3–5.5(–10) mm wide, narrowly cuneate at base, apex obtuse, margins laxly serrulate to subentire, glabrous above, minutely pubescent beneath especially on midrib, shortly ciliate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary, usually in alternate leaf axils; pedicels 5–7 mm long, lengthening to about 12 mm long in fruit, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 3.5–5(–6.5) mm long, glabrous to minutely hispid pubescent, strongly 5-ribbed; lobes narrowly lanceolate, 1.5–2.5 mm, long, acute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pink, or various shades of blue through lilac to purple [ Lind 432 reports colour as deep yellow], 9–12 mm long, tube ± 5 mm long; lower lip deeply 3-lobed, lobes rounded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4, fertile; anterior filaments 5–5.5 mm long, slender, geniculate about midway, glabrous, gibbous below
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule oblong-ellipsoid, 5–6.5 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm broad, acute.
Ecology
In crevices and in short grass on rocks in damp montane grassland and riverine forests; 1800–2500 m
Conservation
Least Concern (LC)
Distribution
Range: Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, Ethiopia Flora districts: U1 U3 K2 K3 K ?5, K6 T4 T7

[FTEA]
Use
None recorded on specimens from our area

Native to:

Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

Craterostigma abyssinicum (Engl.) Eb.Fisch., Schäferh. & Kai Müll. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 1, 2008 Cheek, M. [13587], Cameroon Lindernia abyssinica K000580284
Dec 1, 1956 Maitland, T.D. [1790], Cameroon Lindernia abyssinica K000028753
Schimper [1164], Ethiopia Lindernia abyssinica K000379661 Unknown type material
Brunt, M.A. [771], Cameroon Lindernia abyssinica K000028755
Lightbody, J.S. [FHI 26268], Cameroon Lindernia abyssinica K000028752
Ujor, E.U. [FHI 30325], Cameroon Lindernia abyssinica K000028754

First published in Willdenowia 43: 221 (2013)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A., Hepper, F.N. & Philcox, D. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Scrophulariaceae: 1-211.
  • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1963). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 2: 1-544.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Flora of West Tropical Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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