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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zimbabwe.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Lobeliaceae, M. Thulin. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Morphology General Habit
Erect or somewhat twining herb, 20–70 cm. tall.
Morphology Stem
Stem single, unbranched or sometimes sparsely branched, ribbed, glabrous below, shortly crisped pubescent in the inflorescence region.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, up to 25–90 x 1·5–6 mm., linear to linear–lanceolate, often complicate, acute at the apex, attenuate at the base, thickened and sparsely serrulate at the margin, glabrous; midvein very prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme rather dense, sometimes with a short branch below, 3–10(18) cm. long, up to 30–flowered; peduncle up to 14 cm. long; pedicels 1·5–3·2 mm. long, shortly crisped pubescent; bracts linear–lanceolate, 1·5–12 mm. long, often denticulate; bracteoles 0·6–3·2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium cup–shaped, 10–nerved, shortly crisped pubescent to subglabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, erect or sometimes reflexed, 1–2·8 mm. long, with 1–3 pairs of teeth at the margin, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 5–6·5 mm. long, white to purple, split to the base into 2 lips, the upper 3–lobed but finally disintegrating, the lower divided into 2 free petals; all petals oblanceolate–spathulate, ± densely short pubescent outside, pubescent inside at least in a zone near the base, but sometimes sparsely pubescent almost to the tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2–3 mm. long; filaments linear, free, somewhat dilated at the base, pubescent; anthers elliptic–oblong, 0·9–1·2 mm. long, short pubescent (hairs 0·1–0·2 mm. long) at the tip and usually also on the back of the connective.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary semi–inferior; style 1·2–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subglobose, with 10 distinct nerves connected by some weak transversal nerves; valves 2–2·5 mm. long, inferior part of capsule 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly elliptic in outline, flat, broadly winged, c. 2 x 1·5 mm.

Native to:

Zimbabwe

Cyphia alba N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Whellan [987], Zimbabwe K000228827 holotype
Cecil, E. [163], Zimbabwe K000228826 holotype

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1906: 165 (1906)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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