Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Polygala guerichiana Engl.

Polygala guerichiana


Family: Polygalaceae
Full name: Polygala guerichiana Engl.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Polygala mendesii Paiva
Status: Endemic
Description: P. guerichiana after Georg Gürich (1859-1938), German geologist who prospected in Namibia and took plant specimens back to Germany, many of which were new species. Robust, erect perennial herb or subshrub, with woody base, usually up to 0.8 m high, occasionally higher. Stems much-branched; young stems grey-green, finely hairy. Leaves narrowly oblanceolate, up to 20 x 3 mm, grey-green, slightly fleshy; tip rounded to blunt or indented, base tapering, petiole very short. Flower similar to pea flower; wing-like inner sepals pale violet to cream, distinctly veined, 8-12 mm long; upper and lateral petals poorly developed; lower petal fused, bright purple, with fringed appendage. Flowering summer.
This species is generally found on rocky hills and outcrops, and occurs from Kaokoveld to the Outjo, Omaruru and Swakopmund districts as well as the more central districts of Karibib, Rehoboth and Maltahöhe. (from Wildflowers of the Central Highlands of Namibia, by Coleen Mannheimer)
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: 21 Mar 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/160 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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