Plants photographed elsewhere in Namibia (not on Kyffhäuser)
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Commicarpus squarrosus var. fruticosus (Pohnert) Struwig

Commicarpus squarrosus var fruticosus


Family: Nyctaginaceae
Full name: Commicarpus squarrosus var. fruticosus (Pohnert) Struwig
Location: Farm Urikos (2416AC)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Dassiebos
English common name(s): Hyrax bush
Synonym(s): Commicarpus fruticosus Pohnert (1953)
Status: Endemic
Description: Much branched subshrub, young shoots purplish, older branches whitish, up to 1 m high; pubescent to glabrescent. Leaves with petiole (8–)9–18(–23) mm long; lamina elliptic, ovate, orbicular, trullate, oval or lanceolate, (10–)11–25(–30) × (8–)10–23(–27) mm, apex apiculate, rounded, retuse or emarginate, base attenuate; fleshy, sometimes reddish, pubescent. Inflorescence with five flowers per umbel; peduncles 30–90 mm long, glabrescent; pedicels (8–)12–25(–26) mm long, tinged purple. Flowers 5–8 mm long; lower part of perianth 2 mm long, broadly elliptic, green-purplish, five shortly stalked, purple, prominent glands alternating with five sessile, less prominent glands around the apex; smaller, less prominent glands scattered over the surface below; upper part of perianth 3–6 mm long, pink or purple. Stamens 2 or 3, filaments 5 mm long. Ovary and style 6 mm long. Anthocarp 4–6 × 1–2 mm, fusiform, apex surrounded by five stalked glands alternating with five sessile glands, sessile glands scattered over surface below apex; glabrous. (from Nyctaginaceae: A taxonomic treatment for the Flora of Namibia by Struwig et al, 2015)
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: 30 Apr 2011
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/60 s
ISO speed: 80
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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