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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Ethiopia to E. Central & E. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Type
Type: Uganda, first and second days’ march from Mumias, 6–7 Dec. 1898, Whyte s.n. (K!, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Decumbent or ascending annual.
Morphology Stem
Stems up to 60 cm long, simple or branched, quadrangular, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, broadly ovate, subcircular to ovatelanceolate, 8–24(–32) mm long, 8–20(–28) mm wide, rounded to cordate at base, obtuse to shortly apiculate, dentate or glabrous with few hairs on margins or major veins beneath
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers terminally racemose, lax
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts smaller than leaves, ovate below becoming linear to subulate above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 1.7–3(–6) mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 6–7 mm long, 5-ribbed, 5-lobed, glabrous, or ciliate on ribs; lobes 3.5–6.5 mm long, linear, acuminate, spreading, keeled, glabrous or ciliate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue, lilac, purple or yellow, 8–12(–20) mm long; tube 5–6(–9) mm long, funnel-shaped, minutely glandular-pubescent outside; upper lip ovate, slightly emarginate, ciliate, pubescent outside; lower lip trilobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4, all fertile; anterior filaments 4–5(–7) mm long, arched with broadly clavate, glandular-papillose spur about 1 mm or more long produced above base; base of filament extended into pronounced antero-lateral ridge
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule to 9.5 mm or more long, 3 mm broad, narrowly oblong-ellipsoid.
Ecology
Stream and riversides, marshy ground surrounding ponds and waterholes and in montane forests; 200–2250 m
Conservation
Least Concern (LC); widespread
Note
The flower colour of all the material I (D.P.) have studied for this treatment ranges through various shades of blue, with no record of any yellow coloured flowers being present in the area. This latter colour mentioned in the description, relates to that seen in material from the Flora Zambesiaca area under the name L. flava S.Moore.
Distribution
Range: Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe Flora districts: U1 U3 U4 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 T1 T3 T4 T5 T6

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Decumbent or ascending annual; stems up to c. 60 cm. long, simple or branched, quadrangular, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, 8–22 x 8–18 mm., opposite, sessile, broadly ovate, subcircular to ovate-lanceolate, obtuse to shortly apiculate at apex, rounded to cordate at base, dentate, glabrous or with few hairs on margin or major nerves beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers terminally racemose, lax, pedicellate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts smaller than leaves, ovate below becoming linear to subulate above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 1.75–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 6–7 mm. long, 5-ribbed, 5-lobed, glabrous, or ciliate on ribs; lobes 3.5–5 mm. long, linear, acuminate, spreading, keeled, glabrous or ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue, lilac or purple, or yellow, 8–12 mm. long; tube 5–6 mm. long, infundibuliform, minutely glandular-pubescent without; upper lip ovate, slightly emarginate, ciliate, pubescent without; lower lip trilobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Anterior filaments 4–5(7) mm. long, arched with broadly clavate, glandular-papillose spur c. 1 mm. or more long produced above base; base of filament extended into pronounced antero-lateral ridge.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 6.5 x 2 mm., narrowly oblong-ellipsoid.

[FTEA]
Use
None recorded on specimens from our area

Native to:

Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Crepidorhopalon whytei (Skan) Eb.Fisch. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 1, 1987 Swynnerton, C.F.M. [1966], Zimbabwe Lindernia whytei K000379639 syntype
Aug 1, 1987 Swynnerton, C.F.M. [1922] Lindernia whytei K000379640 syntype
Whyte, A. [s.n.] Lindernia whytei K000379658
Mildbraed, J. [701] Lindernia whytei K000379666 isotype
Harris, T. [158], Mozambique Lindernia whytei K000613233
Scott Elliot, G.F. [7225] Lindernia whytei K000379657 Unknown type material
Mphamba, S. [3], Mozambique Lindernia whytei K000613685

First published in Feddes Repert. 100: 444 (1989)

Accepted by

  • Fischer, E. (1999). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaire-rwanda-Burundi), Scrophulariaceae: 1-217. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique.
  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Sarder, N.U. & Hassan, M.A. (eds.) (2018). Vascular flora of Chittagong and the Chittagong Hill Tracts 3: 1-978. Bangladesh National Herbarium, Dhaka.

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