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Aptosimum spinescens (Thunb.) Weber

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Aptosimum spinescens

Image 1
02 Jul 2006

Aptosimum spinescens

Image 2
16 Jun 2008

Aptosimum spinescens

Image 3
Seed pods
16 Jun 2008

Aptosimum spinescens

Image 4
13 Dec 2008

Aptosimum spinescens

Image 5
17 Mar 2007

Family: Scrophulariaceae
Full name: Aptosimum spinescens (Thunb.) Weber
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Doringviooltjie, Kankerbossie, Kankerblarebossie, Rolvarkie, Aambeibos
English common name(s): Violet, Thorn Karooviolet
Synonym(s): Aptosimum abietinum Burch. ex Benth.
Aptosimum laricinum Dinter
Aptosimum laricinum Dinter var. spinosior
Aptosimum scaberrimum Schinz
Aptosimum scaberrimum Schinz var. tenuifolium F.E.Weber
Aptosimum steingroeveri Engl.
Aptosimum steingroeveri Engl. var. glabrum F.E.Weber & Schinz
Ruellia spinescens Thunb.
Status: Native
Description: A prostrate or spreading undershrub, glabrous or towards the extremities glandular-puberulous, not exceeding 1 ft. high; rootstock thick, woody; branches robust, more or less leafy, spiny; leaves needle-shaped or sublinear, rigid, spiny-pointed, dark green above, paler beneath, sessile, not bordered with white, 0.25 to 1 (usually 0.333–0.5) in. long; flowers usually exceeding the leaves, 0.5–0.75 in. long; calyx rather shortly 5-cleft, puberulous both inside and out, 0.2–0.333 in. long; lobes unequal and ovate or ovate-acuminate; corolla tubular, purple; capsule ovoid, at length oblately spheroidal, with an abrupt short compression at the apex perpendicular to the dissepiment, 0.167 in. long, septicidal; valves bifid, persisting long after the fall of the corolla and the shedding of the seeds; seeds about 12, black, roundly reniform; funicle without a membranous dilatation. (from JSTOR Global Plants website)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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