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Species Information

Streptocarpus polyanthus Hook. subsp. comptonii (Mansf.) Hilliard
(name current 2016)
(Streptocarpus comptonii)


Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one locality

Red Data Book Information:
Status: DD

Regional distribution:
Occurs from Natal to eastern Transvaal.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Streptocarpus polyanthus subsp. comptonii - Leaf single, roughly circular, c 9 cm diam, leathery, veins raised on upper side which is moderately hairy. Inflorescence erect, seldom branched, c 20 cm high. Flowers stalked, in axils of opposite lobed bracts. Calyx c 3 mm long; corolla pink, tube slightly enlarged at bottom and top, slender in middle, c 8 mm long, two-lipped, lower lip turned downwards, c 5 mm long, upper lip shorter. Fruit c 3,5 cm long x 3 mm diam.

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

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Hilliard O.M., B.L. Burtt. (1971) Streptocarpus. An African Plant Study. University of Natal Press.