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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
Erect or sometimes somewhat twisting herb, 20–50 cm. tall.
Morphology Stem
Stem unbranched, ribbed, sparsely and finely pubescent in the inflorescence region.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, up to 20–75 mm. long, 2–8 mm. wide, linear to linear-lanceolate, acute at the apex, attenuate at the base, revolute, thickened and serrulate at the margin, glabrous; midvein very prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme rather dense, sometimes with a short branch below, 4–16 cm. long, ± 10–30-flowered; pedicels 1.5–5.5 mm. long, shortly crisped pubescent; bracts linear, 5–15 (–30) mm. long, denticulate; bracteoles 1–1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly obconical, 10-nerved, sparsely pubescent at least towards the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes narrowly triangular, ± erect or spreading, 1.2–3.5 mm. long, with 1–3 pairs of teeth at the margin, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 5–9.5 mm. long, pale pink, mauve, lavender or white, split to the base into 2 lips, the upper 3-lobed but finally disintegrating, the lower divided into 2 free petals; all petals narrowly oblanceolate to linear, glabrous outside, pubescent inside at the base only to ± pubescent in their entire length.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2.5–3 mm. long; filaments linear, abruptly dilated, ciliate and obscurely connate at the very base; anthers elliptic-oblong, 1.2–1.5 mm. long, pubescent with up to 0.8–1 mm. long, rather straight to curled hairs on the upper 3/4 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 ± 1.2–1.6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subglobose, inferior part ± 4 mm. long, membranous, with 10 distinct nerves connected by weak transverse nerves; valves ± 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly elliptic in outline, irregularly angular, ± 1 mm. long, coarsely reticulate, brown.
Habitat
Grassland or rocky places; 1050–2100 m.
Distribution
T4 T7

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or sometimes somewhat twisting herb, 20–50 cm. tall.
Morphology Stem
Stem unbranched, ribbed, sparsely and finely pubescent in the inflorescence region.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, up to 20–75 x 2–8 mm., linear to linear–lanceolate, acute at the apex, attenuate at the base, revolute, thickened and serrulate at the margin, glabrous; midvein very prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme rather dense, sometimes with a short branch below, 4–16 cm. long, c. 10–30–flowered; pedicels 1·5–5·5 mm. long, shortly crisped pubescent; bracts linear, 5–15(30) mm. long, denticulate; bracteoles 1–1·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly obconical, 10–nerved, sparsely pubescent at least towards the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, ± erect or spreading, 1·2–3·5 mm. long, with 1–3 pairs of teeth at the margin, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 5–9·5 mm. long, pale pink, mauve, lavender or white, split to the base into 2 lips, the upper 3–lobed but finally disintegrating, the lower divided into 2 free petals; all petals narrowly oblanceolate to linear, glabrous outside, pubescent inside at the base only to ± pubescent in their entire length.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2·5–3 mm. long; filaments linear, abruptly dilated, ciliate and obscurely connate at the very base; anthers elliptic–oblong, 1·2–1·5 mm. long, pubescent with up to 0·8–1 mm. long, rather straight to curled 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 c. 1·2–1·6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seeds not known.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zaïre

Cyphia richardsiae E.Wimm. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 1, 1958 Richards, H. M. [7123], Tanzania K000228832 holotype

First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 276c: 973 (1968)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • E. Wimmer in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV.276 c: 973, fig. 57 (1968).
  • Thulin in Bot. Notis. 131: 465 (1978)
  • Thulin in Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 153 (1983).

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