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Heliophila minima (Stephens) Marais

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Heliophila minima

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21 Jun 2018

Heliophila minima

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21 Jun 2018

Heliophila minima

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21 Jun 2018

Heliophila minima

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21 Jun 2018

Family: Brassicaceae
Full name: Heliophila minima (Stephens) Marais
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Cleome minima Stephens
Heliophila deserticola O.E.Schulz var. rangei
Heliophila edentula O.E.Schulz - prol. macrosperma O.E.Schulz p.p.
Heliophila pearsonii O.E.Schulz
Heliophila pearsonii O.E.Schulz var. edentata Hainz
Heliophila pearsonii O.E.Schulz var. prageri
Heliophila smithii O.E.Schulz
Heliophila suavissima Sond. var. incana
Heliophila suavissima Sond. var. velutina O.E.Schulz
Status: Native
Description: Annual or perennial herbs 5-60 cm high, erect, usually much branched; basal part of stem and young shoots puberulous or shortly hairy. Leaves 2-12 cm long, 0-5-1-5 mm broad, linear or linear-filiform, simple or 2-3-fid, often glaucous, puberulous or shortly hairy on the upper surface; each subtended by 2 minute, filiform, caducous stipules. Racemes lax, elongating in fruit. Pedicels glabrous or sparsely puberulous, in flower 0.8-1.2 cm long, erect; in fruit 1-2 cm long, spreading or recurved; with 2 minute bracts similar to the stipules. Sepals 3-8-5-5 mm long, 1-2-1-8 mm broad, narrowly oblong, semi-persistent; the outer 2 cucullate, sometimes thickened at the apex, with a membranous margin; inner 2 saccate, with a broad membranous margin. Petals 6-8 (8) mm long, 1.2 - 4.5 mm broad, mostly narrowly elliptic but sometimes obovate, clawed, subacute or rounded, without or with a small appendage. Filaments 3.4-4.1 mm and 4-4.5 mm long; the short ones mostly with an appendage, sometimes without; the long ones papillate or smooth. Anthers 1.5-2.5 mm long. Ovary linear-oblong (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Southern Africa)
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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