Cyanotis longifolia Benth.

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Cyanotis longifolia

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Cyanotis longifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Cyanotis djurensis C.B. Clarke
Cyanotis longifolia Benth. var. bakeriana C.B. Clarke
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Status: Native
More or less erect perennial herb, up to 40 cm tall, growing from a dense spreading cluster of fleshy, swollen roots. Leaves mostly basal, more or less erect, linear, up to 30 cm long, covered with spreading hairs, particularly near the base. Flowers in terminal or pseudo-axillary clusters held in a fleshy leaf-like bract; tepals pink, mauve or blue; stamens embedded in dense blue hairs.
Derivation of specific name: longifolia: with long leaves
Habitat: In grassland and woodland, also in rocky places.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 244 - 245. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 297. (Includes a picture).

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 16 - 18.

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 11. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 87.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 39 - 40. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 108.

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Flora of Malawi: Cyanotis longifolia
Flora of Zambia: Cyanotis longifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyanotis longifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyanotis longifolia
African Plant Database: Cyanotis longifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyanotis longifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyanotis longifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cyanotis longifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyanotis longifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cyanotis longifolia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cyanotis longifolia
iNaturalist: Cyanotis longifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyanotis longifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyanotis longifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyanotis longifolia
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyanotis longifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyanotis longifolia
Plants of the World Online: Cyanotis longifolia
Tropicos: Cyanotis longifolia
Wikipedia: Cyanotis longifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Cyanotis longifolia., retrieved 2 December 2022

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