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Xerophyta humilis (Baker) T.Durand & Schinz

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Xerophyta humilis

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03 Mar 2009

Xerophyta humilis

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03 Mar 2009

Xerophyta humilis

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03 Mar 2009

Xerophyta humilis

Image 4
03 Apr 2018

Xerophyta humilis

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Habit (dry season)
04 Apr 2009

Family: Velloziaceae
Full name: Xerophyta humilis (Baker) T.Durand & Schinz
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Reënmetertjies
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Barbacenia humilis (Baker) Pax ex Burtt Davy
Barbacenia minuta (Baker) Dinter
Vellozia humilis Baker
Vellozia minuta Baker
Status: Native
Description: Low-growing perennial, less than 15 cm tall, sometimes mat-forming. Leaves in a basal tuft, linear-lanceolate. Flowers on long, glandular stalks, pale mauve. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)

Flowers: long-stalked; delicate; tepals 6; mauve; with a yellowish inner.

Small herbaceous plants with short stem and a rosette of leaves about 5 (rarely to 20) cm long; leaf sheaths soon splitting into wiry fibres; blades V-shaped with shallow median adaxial groove, deciduous, glabrous, midvein and margins only towards the tip serrate. Flowers solitary and tiny, peduncle up to 5 (rarely 10) cm. Tepals 5–15 mm long, white, light violet, pink–mauve or (in Namibia) blue, exterior ones aristate. Stamens six, filaments 1–2 mm long, anthers 4 mm long. Style 1.5 mm long, stigma 2.5 mm long. Ovary 1.5–2.0 mm wide and 1.5 mm long. Peduncles, ovary and back of tepals with glands. (from A revision of African Velloziaceae based on leaf anatomy characters and rbcL nucleotide sequences, Behnke et. al., 2013)
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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