African Plant Database

Aristea abyssinica Pax
Protologue : Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 2: 173 (1892); Fl. Zambes. 12[4]: 3-8 (1993)
Information on the genus : Aristea
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Aristea alata subsp. abyssinica (Pax) Weim.
 Aristea cognata subsp. abyssinica (Pax) Marais (1987)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Aristea cognata N.E. Br. ex Weim.
=Aristea bequaertii De Wild.
=Aristea alata subsp. bequaertii (De Wild.) Weim.
=Aristea homblei De Wild.
=Aristea johnstoniana Rendle (1894)
=Aristea tayloriana Rendle (1894)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb 12-50 cm tall with rhizome; leaves several, linear to narrowly lanceolate, c. 1/2 as long as the stem, 2-8 mm wide, all basal except for 1-2 near stem apex (this 3-5 cm long); stem compressed, broadly winged, 2-4 mm wide, nearly unbranched; flower clusters 1-3, terminal or nearly so, usually 4-flowered; flowers blue, ± sessile; tepals 4,5-12x6-7 mm; capsule ovoid-obovoid, 5-8 mm long, ± sessile or on pedicel 1-2 mm.
Ecology : Short grassland; forest edges; especially on thin rocky soils; 1330-3800 m alt.
  “The taxonomy of the A. abyssinica complex requires careful investigation” (Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Irid.: l.c.).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb- Ht 0.1 - 0.2 m. Alt: 10 - 2500 m. Distribution: LES, EC, FS, KN, LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 87 (1995).
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