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Species Information

flowers, leaves    leaves, flower    flower    flower    plant   
flower    leaves, flower    flowers           
Brachystelma gerrardii Harv.
(name current 2016)


Growth form: Herb
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Other uses

Red Data Book Information:
Status: DD Distribution: Black Umbeluzi Valley, Nkomati Pass, Little Usuthu River, Sipocosini, Komati Pass Recorded in Swaziland by Compton.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Brachystelma gerrardii - Erect, stiff, rather robust, leafy, up to 50 cm high, hairy throughout. Leaves shortly stalked, blades widest below middle, oval, c 4 cm long X 2 cm wide, pointed, edges slightly rough. Top of shoot bears flowers and may produce lateral flowering branches also. Flowers one or two together among leaves, stalk c 2,5 cm long. Calyx lobes narrow, hairy; corolla lobes strap-shaped, spreading, up to 1,5 cm long, hairless, dark green or brownish below, lighter green or yellowish above. Both fruit-halves develop, erect, smooth, up to 15 cm long X 4 mm diam, tapering to long point..

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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