Brachystelma swazicum R.A.Dyer
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Red Data Book Information:
Endemism: Near endemic?
Distribution: Rocky hills northeast of Mbabane, (Malandzela Area, on the road to Maphalaleni)
Known from two records in Swaziland by Compton and Kemp in Mbabane.
Update (January 2011): Observed in the wild, Pine Valley.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Brachystelma pulchellum - Round flat tuber c 5 cm diam, from which spring prostrate shoots. Hairy throughout. Leaves erect; stalk c 1 cm long; blade oval, pointed, broadest below middle, c 2 cm long X 1,4 cm wide. Flowers two or three together at stem nodes, brown; corolla lobes c 3 mm long, pointed. Both fruit-halves develop, c 8 cm long x 5 mm diam. Seeds with fine silky plume.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.