African Plant Database

Aristea ecklonii Baker
Information on the genus : Aristea
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Aristea cyanea De Wild. (1921)
=Aristea dichotoma Eckl. ex Klatt (1865)
=Aristea lastii Baker
=Aristea maitlandii Hutch. (1936)
=Aristea paniculata Pax
=Aristea stipitata R.C. Foster
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb 40-60 cm tall; leaves several, basal and cauline, the lowermost longest and exceeding the stem, progressively reduced above, those subtending the axillary flower clusters 2-5 cm; stem elliptic in section, usually winged, few-several-branched; flower clusters several to many, both terminal and axillary, then stalked or ± sessile, each usually 2-4-flowered; flowers blue, on pedicels c. 0,5 cm long; tepals 0,8-1x0,4 cm; capsule cylindric-trigonous, 1,2-1,8 cm long, pedicel 0,6-1 cm long.
Ecology : Typically along streams and forest margins, in shade; old lava; 1525-3600 m alt.
  Marketed in the horticultural trade as “an ideal cover plant”.
  S. Africa, Swaziland. Tanzania ? – A weed in New Zealand, Australia, USA, with a capacity to invade open grassland, pastures or even undisturbed vegetation incl. rain-forest (Guymer, l.c.).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb- Ht 0.15 - 0.7 m. Alt: 30 - 1980 m. Distribution: EC, KN, LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 87 (1995).
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Record n°20274
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