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Jamesbrittenia maxii (Hiern) Hilliard


Jamesbrittenia maxii

Flowers



Family: Scrophulariaceae
Full name: Jamesbrittenia maxii (Hiern) Hilliard
Location: East of Rössing mountain (2214BD)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Stinkmuishondbos
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Sutera amplexicaulis auct. - non (Benth.) Hiern p.p.: Hemsley & Skan (1906)-- misapplied name (inv)
Sutera maxii Hiern
Status: Native
Description: An undershrub, densely or intricately branched below, 0.5–1 ft. high, perennial; stems woody, rather thick, pallid or ashy, glabrous, procumbent or suberect; branchlets numerous, erect or ascending, subterete, more or less densely clothed with soft pallid viscid pubescence, rigid, leafy, mostly opposite and decussate, sometimes subfasciculate, the upper sometimes alternate; internodes mostly about equalling or somewhat exceeding the leaves or the uppermost shorter; leaves ovate-oval, obtuse or rounded, nearly rounded or subcordate at the sessile or subsessile base, rather thickly membranous, viscid-pubescent or puberulous, entire or somewhat dentate, 0.333– 0.667 in. long, 0.2– 0.4 in. broad; flowers in the upper axils, 0.75–1 in. long, forming terminal erect leafy spicate racemes which elongate in fruit; peduncles about 0.125 in. long or less, pubescent; calyx viscid-pubescent, 5-partite; segments linear-oblong, slightly and gradually widened upwards, erect, ciliate, obtuse, somewhat unequal, about 0.333 in. long in flower, 0.333– 0.4 in. long in fruit; corolla-tube subcylindrical, rather slender, curved and somewhat dilated gibbously towards the apex, glabrous or nearly so; limb spreading; lobes subrotund, entire, about 0.2 in. in diam.; stamens and style included; capsules oblong, obsoletely glandular, 0.333– 0.5 in. long. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)

Subshrub, up to 1 m high, mostly cushion-forming. Stems several from base, much-branched; older stems gnarled and woody, new growth often developing below old inflorescences; young stems delicate and glandular-hairy. Leaves opposite, almost sessile, soft, broadly ovate, densely glandular-hairy on both surfaces, foetid-smelling when crushed; base heart-shaped, clasping; margin entire or slightly toothed. Inflorescence of solitary flowers in upper leaf axils, elsewhere forming lax to crowded spray-like clusters. Flowers white to creamy yellow, with dark violet streaks at lobe bases, throat yellow. Flowering all year. The overall range of this species is from southern Angola through the western part of Namibia and across the Orange River into the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. To complement this extensive distribution, the habitat preferences of this species include sandy riverbeds, dry watercourses, sandy pockets amongst rocks, gravel plains, bases of sand dunes, and along roadsides. Hybridisation between this species and the closely related J. sessilifolia is o distinct possibility. The latter species is less common, and is confined to southernmost Namibia from around Kuibis south to the Orange River. (from Wildflowers of the southern Namib by Coleen Mannheimer et al)
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: M Weigand
Date of photograph: 31 May 2020
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ1000
Lens aperture: f/3.1
Shutter speed: 1/2000 s
ISO speed: 125
Content last updated: 24 Jun 2020


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