Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Pterodiscus aurantiacus Welw.

Pterodiscus aurantiacus

Leaves and fruit

Family: Pedaliaceae
Full name: Pterodiscus aurantiacus Welw.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Pterodiscus ngamicus N.E.Br. ex Stapf [non Welw.]
Pterodiscus brasiliensis auct. - sensu Schinz (1891), non (J.Gay ex DC.) Asch.Schinz (1891), non (J.Gay ex DC.) Asch.
Status: Native
Description: Perennial herb, up to 30 cm high, the branches erect or ascending; the basal organ a swollen stem arising from a subterranean tuber of approximately the same diam. Leaves lanceolate, up to 8 cm long and 2 cm broad, subentire, undulate or slightly dentate, usually with 4 pairs of lateral veins. Flowers brilliant orange red, with dark red throat; corolla tube cylindrical, 16–20 mm long; diam. of limb at least three times the diam. of the throat; anterior lobe of limb enlarged, nearly circular. Fruit usually oblate in lateral view, up to 35 mm long and 41 mm broad, often suffused with purple when ripe; beak very narrow, almost needle-like; the wings of either side of the fruit contiguous or even overlapping at the base of the fruit. Seeds 1–2 in each loculus. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)
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: 27 Feb 2011
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot SX210 IS
Lens aperture: f/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/400 s
ISO speed: 80
Content last updated: 03 Oct 2022

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