Salpinctium hirsutum T.J.Edwards
(name current 2016)
(Asystasia ? stenosiphon)
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Red Data Book Information:
Threats: Agriculture, urban expansion
Distribution: Siteki, Hlatikulu, Malandze Road to Maphalaleni
Very little is known about this recently described species.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Asystasia natalensis - Moderately long-hairy throughout. Leaf-stalk c 3 mm long; blade oval, tapering to tip, broadest below middle, often slightly heart- shaped at base, up to 5 cm long x 3 cm wide. Inflorescence terminal, rather lax. Calyx c 1,2 cm long, hairy and glandular; corolla white, hairy, tube cylindrical, slightly longer than calyx, upper part widening to narrow funnel, back-lobe longer than others.
Asystasia ?stenosiphon - Very thinly downy or almost hairless. Slightly woody at base. Leaf-stalk c 2 mm long; blade broadly oval, narrowing to blunt tip, slightly heart-shaped at base, margins slightly wavy. Calyx c 8 mm long, downy, glandular; corolla pink, tube c 1,5 cm long, cylindrical at base, funnel-shaped above, slightly downy.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.