Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Aptosimum spinescens (Thunb.) Weber

Aptosimum spinescens


Family: Scrophulariaceae
Full name: Aptosimum spinescens (Thunb.) Weber
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Doringviooltjie, Kankerbossie, Kankerblarebossie, Rolvarkie, Aambeibos
English common name(s): Violet, Thorn Karooviolet
Synonym(s): Aptosimum abietinum Burch. ex Benth.
Aptosimum laricinum Dinter
Aptosimum laricinum Dinter var. spinosior
Aptosimum scaberrimum Schinz
Aptosimum scaberrimum Schinz var. tenuifolium F.E.Weber
Aptosimum steingroeveri Engl.
Aptosimum steingroeveri Engl. var. glabrum F.E.Weber & Schinz
Ruellia spinescens Thunb.
Status: Native
Description: A prostrate or spreading undershrub, glabrous or towards the extremities glandular-puberulous, not exceeding 1 ft. high; rootstock thick, woody; branches robust, more or less leafy, spiny; leaves needle-shaped or sublinear, rigid, spiny-pointed, dark green above, paler beneath, sessile, not bordered with white, 0.25 to 1 (usually 0.333–0.5) in. long; flowers usually exceeding the leaves, 0.5–0.75 in. long; calyx rather shortly 5-cleft, puberulous both inside and out, 0.2–0.333 in. long; lobes unequal and ovate or ovate-acuminate; corolla tubular, purple; capsule ovoid, at length oblately spheroidal, with an abrupt short compression at the apex perpendicular to the dissepiment, 0.167 in. long, septicidal; valves bifid, persisting long after the fall of the corolla and the shedding of the seeds; seeds about 12, black, roundly reniform; funicle without a membranous dilatation. (from JSTOR Global Plants website)
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: 02 Jul 2006
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/640 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020

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