Pachycarpus galpinii (Schltr.) N.E.Br.
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc
Threats: Agriculture, grazing
Distribution: Barberton Mountains, Mbabane, Usuthu, Forbes Reef, Maphalaleni
This is essentially a highveld species. Cattle is a serious threat.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Pachycarpus galpinii - Erect, unbranched, stem somewhat bent, up to 50 cm high. Slightly downy throughout, not bristly. Leaf-stalk c 5 mm long, blade broadly oblong, c 7 cm long x 4 cm wide, blunt, rough-edged. Inflorescences two or three at end of stem; common stalk c 5 cm long, umbel of up to c eight flowers rather closely clustered, stalks few mm long. Calyx lobes broad, c 1 cm long, rather blunt-tipped, hairy; corolla broadly cup-shaped, 1,5 cm diam, lobes turned outwards, greenish; corona short, lobes blunt, chocolate coloured; white membranous stamen tips conspicuous.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.