Periglossum mackenii Harv.

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Periglossum mackenii

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Ngamiland Concession 22 - Vumbura, Okavango Delta

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Synonyms: Cordylogyne kassnerianum (Schltr.) Eyles
Cordylogyne mossambicense (Schltr.) Eyles
Periglossum kassnerianum (Schltr.) Eyles
Periglossum mossambicense Schltr.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 75 cm high with milky sap. Leaves opposite, linear; margins often rolled under. Inflorescences axillary on long peduncles, densely-flowered, spherical. Flowers cream, often tinged purple-brown on the inside of the corolla lobes.
Notes: Although we have P. mackenii as the currently accepted name with P. mossambicense as a synonym, some sources still treat both as separate, accepted species.
Derivation of specific name: mackenii: after Mark Johnston McKen (1823-1872), Scottish plant collector and herbarium curator at the Durban Botanic Gardens.
Habitat: In grassland
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, Lesotho and North-West, Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
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Content last updated: Saturday 10 March 2018

Bruyns, P.V. (2014). The Apocynaceae of Namibia Strelitzia 34 SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa Pages 60 - 61.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 241 - 242. (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 22. as Periglossum mossambicense

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 28.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Periglossum mackenii., retrieved 30 January 2023

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