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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Twining to suberect herb, 25–90 cm. tall from a tuber c. 2–4 cm. in diameter; stem not or sparsely branched, ribbed, practically glabrous in all its length.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or subpetiolate, up to 35–70 x 1–10 mm., linear to linear–lanceolate, acute at the apex, attenuate at the base, glabrous; margin serrulate, ± revolute; midvein prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme rather lax, up to 20 cm. long; pedicels 1–4 mm. long, very finely crisped pubescent to glabrous; bracts up to 5–35 mm. long; bracteoles 1·5–2·5 mm. long, lanceolate–acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly obconical, 10–nerved, very finely crisped pubescent to glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, erect to ± reflexed, 1·5–3·6 mm. long, glabrous, with 2–3 pairs of denticles at the margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 11–21 mm. long, pink or purple, tubular with 5 subequal lobes, the 2 lower petals sometimes finally becoming ± free; all petals linear, glabrous outside, short pubescent inside along the sutures towards the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 4·5–5·5 mm. long; filaments linear, dilated and connate at the base, pubescent; anthers narrowly elliptic–oblong, c. 1·5 mm. long, glabrous or with a short tuft of hairs at the tip only.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary semi–inferior; style c. 4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subglobose to ovoid, inferior part c. 3 mm. long with 10 distinct nerves connected by weak transversal nerves; valves c. 3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds oblong, irregularly angular, ± compressed, 0·8–1 mm. long, reticulate, brown.

Native to:

Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Northern Provinces

Cyphia stenopetala Diels appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1951 Wilms, Dr F. [894], South Africa K000228789 Unknown type material

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 112 (1898)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0