Plants photographed elsewhere in Namibia (not on Kyffhäuser)
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Hypertelis cerviana (L.) Thulin

Hypertelis cerviana


Family: Molluginaceae
Full name: Hypertelis cerviana (L.) Thulin
Location: Along the C13 between Rosh Pinah and Aus (2716BC)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Gypsophyllum, Fyn mollugo
English common name(s): Threadstem carpetweed, Slender carpetweed, Indian chickweed
Synonym(s): Pharnaceum cerviana L.
Mollugo cerviana (L.) Ser. ex DC. var. cerviana (1824)
Mollugo cerviana (L.) Ser. ex DC. (1824)
Status: Native
Description: Quite glabrous, glaucous; stems filiform, straight, erecto-patent or diffuse; radical leaves rosulate, obovate, spathulate, linear, obtuse; cauline remote, narrow-linear; umbellules 3–5 flowered; pedicels longer than the calyx; stamens 5; seeds shining, small, very minutely reticulated. Root slender. Stems 1–6 inches long, yellow-green. Radical leaves 2–8 lines long, 0.333–1 line wide, somewhat fleshy, one-nerved; cauline whorled, unequal. Pedicels capillary, 3–6 lines long. Sepals oval, membranous, white, with a green nerve, 1 line long. Capsule equalling the calyx. Seeds brown, 3-angled-pyriform. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)

Glaucous ephemeral 2–12(–17) cm high, often very inconspicuous. Basal leaves often soon withering. Stems erect or ascending, slender, brownish. Stem-leaves whorled, linear, up to 5–18 mm long. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, umbel-like, 1–4-flowered. Pedicels 5–15 mm long. Sepals 1–3 mm long, white. Stamens (3–)5, rarely 10. Capsule 3-valved. Seeds c. 0.2 mm long, glossy brown, obscurely reticulate. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Somalia)

It is an annual herb producing a thin, erect stem up to about 20 centimeters tall. The narrow, waxy leaves are up to 1.5 centimeters long, linear in shape, and arranged in whorls around the stem. The inflorescence is a loose umbel of tiny flowers each made up of whitish, petal-like sepals less than 2 millimeters long, and no true petals. (from Wikipedia website)

Small annual herb, often multi-stemmed from the base, up to c. 20 cm tall. Stems rigid, pale brownish, erect or ascending. Leaves in whorls of c. 6, up to c. 2 cm long, both basal and along the stems, sessile, linear, often bluish-green, hairless. Flowers axillary on pedicels 5-18 mm long, 3-5 mm in diameter, greenish-white. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)

An erect slender annual herb up to 20 cm tall, with slender, cylindrical stems, branches unbellate, the nodes thickened; roots aromatic. Leaves in dense whorls of 4-8 at each node, sessile or subsessile, often glaucous; radical leaves 6-13 mm long, spathulate or linear-spathulate; cauline leaves 0.6-2 cm long and c.1 mm wide, narrow-linear, apiculate, 2-8 in a whorl. Flowers numerous, on stiff filiform pedicels to 1.2 cm long, usually in groups of 3 on long filiform axillary and terminal peduncles; sepals 2.5 mm long, elliptic-oblong, obtuse with white membranous margins. Fruit (capsule) rounded, equalling the sepals, dehiscing into 3 broadly ovate emarginate valves; seeds numerous smooth, yellowish-brown, without tubercular points. (from
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: 20 Feb 2018
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: EOS 7D
Lens aperture: f/9.0
Shutter speed: 1/250 s
ISO speed: 100
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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