Pentas micrantha Baker subsp. wyliei (N.E.Br.) Verdc.
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Red Data Book Information:
Distribution: Mapokane, Mnyame, Komati Valley, Tulwane
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Pentas micrantha - Erect, slightly woody, thinly hairy throughout. Leaf-pairs well spaced, often with short leafy shoots in axils. Leaf-stalk c 7 mm long; blade oval, tapering to long point, up to 10 cm long x 3 cm wide; stipules much divided. Inflorescence terminal, flowers clustered at end of common stalk of varying length. Flower-stalk a few mm long. Calyx c 7 mm long, divided to below middle into five unequal lobes; corolla white, c 1 cm long, tube slender cylindrical below, widening in top 2 mm, bearded in throat, lobes five, c 3 mm long, somewhat unequal; stamens five; ovary 2-3-chambered with several ovules in each chamber. Fruit dry usually with some of calyx lobes enlarged, wall membranous or homy.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.