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This species is accepted, and its native range is Malawi (Mt. Mulanje).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or ascending sometimes somewhat twining herb, 7–45 cm. tall from a root–tuber c. 2 cm. thick.
Morphology Stem
Stems usually several from the base, ribbed, entirely glabrous or sparsely papillose in the inflorescence region only.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or shortly petiolate, ± crowded towards the base, up to 15–45 X 3–5 mm., linear to narrowly elliptic acute at the apex, attenuate at the base, thickened and serrulate at the margin, glabrous; midvein very prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme rather dense, sometimes with a few short branches below, 3–12 cm. long, up to 12–flowered; peduncle up to 18 cm. long; pedicels 1–2·5 mm. long, papillose to subglabrous; bracts linear–lanceolate, up to 5 mm. long, often denticulate; bracteoles ± 1·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium cup–shaped, 10–nerved, sparsely papillose to subglabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, ± erect, 1·5–2·2 mm. long, with 1–2 pairs of teeth at the margin, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 6·5–7·5 mm. long, pink 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, papillose mainly along the sutures outside and in a zone near the base inside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2·5–3·2 mm. long; filaments linear, free, somewhat dilated at the base, pubescent; anthers elliptic–oblong, 1·2–1·4 mm. long, densely short pubescent (hairs c. 0·2–0·3 mm. long) on the back of the connective but usually glabrous at the very tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary semi–inferior; style c. 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid to subglobose, with 10 distinct nerves connected by weak transversal nerves; valves 2–3 mm. long, as long as or longer than inferior part of capsule.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly elliptic in outline, flat, broadly winged, 2–2·4 x 1·2–1·8 mm.

Native to:

Malawi

Cyphia decora Thulin appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1982 Brummitt, R.K. [15897], Malawi K000049572
Jan 1, 1979 Blackmore, S. [339], Malawi K000049573
Jan 1, 1978 Jackson, G. [2167], South Africa K000228825 holotype
Jan 1, 1978 Hilliard, O.M. [4591], Malawi K000049571
Jan 1, 1978 Jackson, G. [2167], Malawi K000049569 holotype
Goyder, D.J. [3657], Malawi K000049570

First published in Bot. Not. 131: 462 (1978)

Accepted by

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

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