Plants photographed elsewhere in Namibia (not on Kyffhäuser)
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Petalidium setosum C.B.Clarke ex Schinz

Petalidium setosum

Flower + leaves

Family: Acanthaceae
Full name: Petalidium setosum C.B.Clarke ex Schinz
Location: Namib desert along C28 (2215CD)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): Namib petal-bush, Red green
Synonym(s): -
Status: Near-endemic
Description: A small shrub, sometimes low and spreading. Leaves simple and elliptical with margins entire. Oppositely arranged on branches, light green in colour and covered with very small prickles which also occur on the stem. The flowers are small with bright red and yellow petals. Flowers grow in a dense cluster sometimes forming a ball. (from Namibrand website)

Petalidium setosum occurs as a small bush up to 50 cm high. During its growth foliage has a bright green, it becomes grayish blue in the dry season. Some stems are flattened, others are upright. The flowers are densely clustered at nodes. The calyx lobes long, thin and hairy, they persist after flowering. The corolla is often red with yellow lower lobe, but can also be pink. (from, translated from French by Google Translate)
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: 13 Jun 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/800 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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