Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Lophiocarpus polystachyus Turcz.

Lophiocarpus polystachyus


Family: Chenopodiaceae
Full name: Lophiocarpus polystachyus Turcz.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Sandaarbossie, Sandaalbossie
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Lophiocarpus burchellii Hook.
Microtea burchellii (Hook.f.) N.E.Br.
Microtea gracilis A.W.Hill
Microtea polystachya (Turcz.) N.E.Br.
Wallinia polystachya (Turcz.) Moq.
Status: Native
Description: Subshrubs or herbs with woody base to 0.5 m tall, usually much branched, stems ascending, glabrous. Leaves fasciculate, (sometimes some leaves single and alternate), 5–30 x 0.4–2 mm, filiform, mucronate, subsucculent, glabrous, sub-sessile or with petiole to 2 mm long. Inflorescence terminal, to 25 (30) cm long; rhachis glabrous. Flowers greenish-yellow, clustered in threes, glabrous; central flower subtended by a bract 1–1.5 x 0.8–1 mm, ovate, acuminate, sometimes faintly 3-lobed, membranous, glabrous; lateral flowers each subtended by a bract 0.8–1 x 0.6–0.8 mm, ovate, membranous, glabrous and usually 2 bracteoles 0.5– 0.75 x 0.3–0.5 mm, ovate, membranous, glabrous. Sepals 1–1.5 x 0.5–1 mm, oblong to broadly elliptic, apex rounded. Stamens: filaments 1–1.3 mm long; anthers c. 0.3–0.5 mm long, oblong to broadly elliptic. Ovary 0.5–1.3 mm in diam., glabrous; stigmas 0.8–1 mm long. Fruit 1–1.5 mm in diam., ridged, sometimes muricate or warty between ridges. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)

undershrub, branched, about 1 ft. high; leaves spathulate-linear, subcoriaceous, 0.5– 0.75 in. long, slightly mucronate, apex incurved; inflorescence spicate, 6–9 in. long, rigid; bracts and bracteoles orbicular-lanceolate, acute or acuminate, irregularly toothed or subentire, half as long as perianth; perianth-lobes 5, equal, elliptic or ovate-elliptic, obtuse; stamens 4; filaments longer than the perianth-lobes; ovary ovoid; stigmas 4, filiform, spreading; fruit globose, smooth, 0.75 lin. in diam. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)
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
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 20 Dec 2006
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/640 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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