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Cyanotis longifolia Benth.
Protologue : Niger Fl. 543 (1849) 
Information on the genus : Cyanotis
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cyanotis longifolia Benth. var. longifolia (1849)
 Tonningia longifolia (Benth.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cyanotis homblei De Wild. (1915)
=*Cyanotis lanata auct. sensu Sousa
=Cyanotis longifolia var. albolanescens Schnell
=Cyanotis longifolia var. deightonii (Hutch.) Schnell
=Cyanotis longifolia subsp. deightonii (Hutch.) J.K. Morton
=Cyanotis deightonii Hutch. (1939)
=Cyanotis djurensis C.B. Clarke
=Tonningia djurensis (C.B. Clarke) Kuntze
Taxon infra-specific
Cyanotis longifolia Benth. var. longifolia (1849)
Cyanotis longifolia var. gracilis (Schnell) Schnell
Cyanotis longifolia var. rupicola (Schnell) Schnell
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb with tuberous roots and a compact woody rootstock; stems 2-3, erect, unbranched, 25-100 cm tall
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Ecology : Woodland; clayey grounds; river sides; flooded laterite pan; open forest on sand; grassland sometimes where flooded; damp rocky pastures; quartzite; savanna; meadow with Afrotrilepis pilosa; 380-1900 m alt.
  Extremely variable: an amazing range of variation (Brenan, 1961), but certain features are constant: numerous tuberously thickened root-fibres radiating from the stock; sepals densely barbate above.
  NE Namibia.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Commeli. Commel.: 16 (2012)
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:39 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména
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