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Rogeria longiflora (Royen) J.Gay ex DC.

Rogeria longiflora

Dried fruit

Family: Pedaliaceae
Full name: Rogeria longiflora (Royen) J.Gay ex DC.
Location: Welwitchia Plains (2214DB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Witblom, Djirrie witblom
English common name(s): White flower, White-flowered rogeria
Synonym(s): Martynia longiflora Royen
Pedalium longiflorum (Royen) Decne
Status: Native
Description: Leaves: blueish green and margins nearly entire. Flowers: corolla tube elongated and slender, slightly curved, at the base with a large sac-like spur. Fruits: with two conical "spines" near the base of the fruit on the ventral (i.e. adaxial side) which, however, may the reduced to nearly missing, fruits extremely woody (sclerified) and lasting for many years (from personal communication with Prof H-D Ihlenfeldt)

Stem mealy-glandular only at the very top; leaves ovate to rotundate-ovate, subentire with a somewhat wavy margin, obtuse at the apex, subacute to subtruncate at the base, 2–3.5 in. long, 1.5–3.5 in. broad, mealy-glandular and glaucous below, boldly 3-nerved; flowers 2–1 in the axils of the leaves; pedicels densely mealy-glandular, up to 2 lin. long; calyx 3 lin. long; segments lanceolate, subequal; corolla white (Meerburg); tube subcylindric, more or less asymmetrically widened at the base, 2–2.5 in. long, 1.5 lin. wide at the middle, 3 lin. wide near the base, not glandular; limb 1.25–1.5 in. in diam.; lobes about 5 lin. long and broad excepting the lowermost which is somewhat longer; fruit oblong, 2 in. long, including the beak with 1 recurved short spine on each side of the base. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)

Capsules 5–6 cm long, with two straight robust spines near the curved base; leaves thick and succulent, ovate, margins entire; corolla white to ivory marked with seven or eight purple lines on the interior of the anterior lobe, 6–7 cm long, asymmetrically widened at the base with a sack-like abaxial spur, lobes prominent, 9–10 mm long, flared at right angles to the corolla, salverform then reflexed. (from Dorothea Bedigian (2013) Ecogeography and taxonomy of Rogeria J. Gay ex Delile (Pedaliaceae), Webbia, 68:2, 103-126)
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 Sep 2013
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/250 s
ISO speed: 100
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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