Linderniella bolusii (Hiern) Eb.Fisch., Schäferh. & Kai Müll.

This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Ethiopia to Uganda, S. Tanzania, Angola, Limpopo.


Scrophulariaceae, S.A. Ghazanfar, F.N. Hepper & D. Philcox. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

Type: South Africa, Transvaal, Ramakoja, Schlechter 4503 (K!, holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Erect annual or short-lived perennial, 2.5–5(–10) cm tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems simple or branched, leafy at base, sparingly so above, quadrangular, minutely glandularpubescent
Morphology Leaves
Radical leaves rosetted, obovate or narrowly elliptic, (3–)5–8(–12) mm long, (1–)2–3.5 mm wide, base tapering into a short petiole, apex obtuse, margins entire or repand to sinuate, densely, minutely glandular-pubescent especially beneath; lower stem leaves opposite, similar to radical leaves; upper stem leaves opposite, oblong, 7–18 mm long, 1–1.5(–5.5) mm wide, base lightly narrowing into the petiole, at times appearing subsessile, apex obtuse or subacute, margins entire or minutely, sparsely shallowly dentate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary, axillary; pedicels 2–12(–20) mm long, filiform, quadrangular, subglabrous to lightly glandular-pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 3–5 mm long, lightly pubescent, mid vein barely prominent; lobes lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm long, acute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white flushed with pink or purple, pink or mauve, 6–6.5(–9) mm long, tube 3–3.5(–6.5) mm long; upper lip rounded, appearing crenate; lower lip 3lobed, lobes rounded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4; anterior pair with much reduced polleniferous anther thecae, at times appearing sterile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule narrowly oblong-ellipsoid, 7–13 mm long, acute.
Wet, shallow, sandy soil surrounding granite outcrops, and in depressions and crevices in rocks; 250–1600 m
Least Concern (LC)
Range: Ethiopia, South Africa Flora districts: U1 K1 K7 T8

None recorded on specimens from our area

Native to:

Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Uganda

Linderniella bolusii (Hiern) Eb.Fisch., Schäferh. & Kai Müll. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 1, 2009 Festo [2734], Kenya Lindernia bolusii K000191332
Sep 11, 1998 Schlechter, F.R.R. [4503], South Africa Lindernia bolusii K000379619
Gossweiler, J. [9866], Angola Lindernia bolusii K001008537
Drummond, R.B. [4150], Kenya Ilysanthes bolusii 11221.000

First published in Willdenowia 43: 227 (2013)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A., Hepper, F.N. & Philcox, D. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Scrophulariaceae: 1-211.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

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