Hedbergia abyssinica (Hochst. ex Benth.) Molau

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 8: 195 (1988)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Nigeria to Cameroon, Ethiopia to Malawi. It is a hemiparasitic subshrub or shrub and grows primarily in the montane tropical biome.

Descriptions

Scrophulariaceae, D. Philcox. Flora Zambesiaca 8:2. 1990

Morphology General Habit
Perennial suffrutescent herb, erect, ascending or scrambling to 3 m. tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems several arising from a woody rootstock, much branched especially within inflorescence, rarely almost simple, terete, usually more or less densely pubescent with straight or hooked, patent or retrorse, glandular hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or subsessile, thick, rigid, spreading, 3–12(30) x 1 -2(4) mm., elliptic to lanceolate, apex acute or obtuse, cuneate or rounded at base, minutely short-hispid to subglabrous, margin shallowly or deeply serrate or crenate, ± reflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a usually much branched many-flowered raceme.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white to pale pink or at times purple, opposite to subopposite, pedicels 2–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 5–7.5 mm. long, shortly hispid; lobes equal to or slightly shorter than the tube, slightly bilabiate with lobes at rimes irregularly crenate-dentate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white to pink or magenta, obliquely campanulate; tube curved, shorter than limb; limb almost equally 5-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 5.5–7 mm. long, minutely pubescent or glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule (5)6.5–13 x (4.5)5–6.5 mm., ovoid to subglobose, short to long pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds slightly curved, longitudinally ridged with 6–14 ridges.
[FZ]

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

Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid to subglobose, (5–)6.5–13 mm long, (4.5–)5–6.5 mm broad, shortto long-pilose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds slightly curved, longitudinally ridged with 6–14 ridges
Figures
Fig 51 p 196
Ecology
Open grasslands, secondary bushland or forest margins; 2000–2400 m
Conservation
Least Concern (LC); widespread
Type
Type: Ethiopia, Mt Scholoda, Schimper I: 356 (K! lecto., chosen by Hedberg et al. 207 (1980) (see under synonomy); BM!, BR, G, HAL, HBG, L, LE, M, MO, OXF, P!, S, W, iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Perennial suffrutescent herb to 3 m tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems several arising from a woody rootstock, erect, ascending or scrambling, much branched especially within inflorescence, rarely almost simple, usually more or less densely pubescent with straight or hooked, patent or retrorse glandular hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or subsessile, thick, rigid, spreading, elliptic to lanceolate, 3–12(–30) mm long, 1–2(–4) mm wide, cuneate or rounded at base, apex acute or obtuse, minutely short-hispid to subglabrous, margins shallowly or deeply serrate or crenate, more or less reflexed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a usually much branched many-flowered raceme; flowers, opposite to subopposite; pedicels 2–5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 5–7.5 mm long, shortly hispid; lobes oblong, equal to or slightly shorter than the tube, slightly bilabiate with lobes at times irregularly crenate-dentate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white to pale pink or at times purplewhite to pink or magenta, obliquely campanulate; tube curved, shorter than limb; limb almost equally 5-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 5.5–7 mm long, minutely pubescent or glabrous
Distribution
Range: Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa, Sudan, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi Flora districts: U2 K2 K3 K 4 , K6 T2 T7
[FTEA]

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

Scrophulariaceae, F. N. Hepper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

Morphology General Habit
Straggling perennial herb 1-3 ft. high
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pale yellow turning pink
Ecology
In montane grassland
Note
Drying dark brown.
[FWTA]

Scrophulariaceae, F. N. Hepper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

Morphology General Habit
Erect perennial herb 6 in. to 1 ft. high
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers carmine or bluish-mauve
Ecology
In montane grassland
Note
Drying dark brown.
[FWTA]

Uses

Use
None recorded on specimens from our area
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Angiosperm Extinction Risk Predictions v1

    • Angiosperm Threat Predictions
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    • Flora of West Tropical Africa
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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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