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

[FTEA]

Lobeliaceae, Mats Thulin (University of Uppsala). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1984

Morphology General Habit
Twining slender herb, up to 2 m. long, from a subglobose or elongated root-tuber up to 3 cm. long.
Morphology Stem
Stem not or sparsely branched, ribbed, glabrous or very sparsely and finely pubescent in the inflorescence region.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or shortly petiolate, up to 35–85 mm. long, 2–30 mm. wide, linear to ovate, acute at the apex, attenuate to cuneate at the base, serrate or crenate at the margin, glabrous; venation prominent beneath; petiole up to 12 mm. long, often curved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme lax, up to 100 cm. long and ± 20–30-flowered; pedicels up to 3–13 mm. long, shortly crisped pubescent; bracts ± leaf-like, diminishing in size upwards; bracteoles 1–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly obconical, 10-nerved, glabrous or sparsely pubescent at least towards the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes narrowly triangular, ± erect or spreading, becoming reflexed in fruit, 2.4–4 mm. long, with 1–3 pairs of teeth at the margin, glabrous or sparsely ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 9–12 mm. long, pale pink, pale purple or mauve, split to the base into 2 lips, the upper 3-lobed but finally disintegrating, the lower divided into 2 free petals; all petals linear, glabrous outside, pubescent inside at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ± 3 mm. long; filaments linear, abruptly dilated, ciliate and obscurely connate at the very base; anthers elliptic-oblong, 1.4–1.6 mm. long, pubescent with up to 0.8–1 mm. long, rather straight hairs on the upper ¾ of the connective and with shorter hairs towards its base, also a small tuft of hairs ± 0.2 mm. long at the tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary semi-inferior; style 1.5–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, with 10 distinct nerves connected by weak transverse nerves; inferior part cup-shaped, 2.4–4 mm. long; valves 2.8–3.2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ± broadly elliptic in outline, ± compressed and irregularly angular, ± 1.2 mm. long, coarsely reticulate, brown.
Habitat
Forest margins, scrub, rocky places; 1880–2070 m.
Distribution
T7

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Twining slender herb, up to 2 m. long, from a subglobose or elongated root–tuber, up to 3 cm. long.
Morphology Stem
Stem not or sparsely branched, ribbed, glabrous or very sparsely and finely pubescent in the inflorescence region.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or shortly petiolate, up to 35–85 x 2–30 mm., linear to ovate, acute at the apex, attenuate to cuneate at the base, serrate or crenate at the margin, glabrous; venation prominent beneath; petiole up to 12 mm. long, often curved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme lax, up to 100 cm. long and c. 20–30–flowered; pedicels up to 3–13 mm. long, shortly crisped pubescent; bracts ±: leaf–like, diminishing in size upwards; bracteoles 1–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly obconical, 10–nerved, glabrous or sparsely pubescent at least towards the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, ± erect or spreading, becoming reflexed in fruit, 2·4–4 mm. long, with 1–3 pairs of teeth at the margin, glabrous or sparsely ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 9–12 mm. long, pale pink, pale purple or mauve, split to the base into 2 lips, the upper 3–lobed but finally disintegrating, the lower divided into 2 free petals; all petals linear, glabrous outside, pubescent inside at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 3 mm. long; filaments linear, abruptly dilated, ciliate and obscurely connate at the very base; anthers elliptic–oblong, 1·4–1·6 mm. long, pubescent with up to 0·8–1 mm. long, rather straight hairs on the upper 3/4 of the connective and with shorter hairs towards its base, also a small tuft of hairs c. 0·2 mm. long at the tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary semi–inferior; style 1·5–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, with 10 distinct nerves connected by weak transversal nerves; inferior part cup–shaped, 2·4–4 mm. long; valves 2·8–3·2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ± broadly elliptic in outline, ± compressed and irregularly angular, c. 1·2 mm. long, coarsely reticulate, brown.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania

Cyphia brachyandra Thulin appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 19, 1988 Lovett, J. [1607], Tanzania K000283002
Jan 1, 1984 Pawek, J. [2169], Malawi K000283010
Jan 1, 1984 Pawek, J. [3423], Malawi K000283011
Jan 1, 1982 Brummitt, R.K. [16152], Malawi K000283008
Jan 1, 1978 Renvoize, S.A. [2076], Tanzania K000283004
Jan 1, 1978 Watermayer, A.M. [40], Tanzania K000283005
Jan 1, 1978 Pawek, J. [12434], Malawi K000283012
Bidgood, S. [5161], Tanzania K000190389
Bidgood, S. [5205], Tanzania K000190433
Bidgood, S. [2297], Tanzania K000283000
Thulin, M. [3261], Tanzania K000283006 isotype
Goyder, D.J. [3560], Zambia K000283007
Bidgood, S. [292], Tanzania K000283003
Gereau, R.E. [4419], Tanzania K000283001
Grosvenor, R. [1154], Malawi K000283009

First published in Bot. Not. 131: 466 (1978)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Thulin in Bot. Notis. 131: 466, fig. 2/B, 6 (1978)
  • Thulin in Flora Zambesiaca 7 (1): 154 (1983).

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