Buchnera hispida Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don

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Buchnera hispida

Photo: Helen Pickering
Just east of the Sinde river, anong paths towards the Zambezi, Livingstone, Zambia.

Buchnera hispida

Photo: Helen Pickering
Just east of the Sinde river, anong paths towards the Zambezi, Livingstone, Zambia.

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Synonyms: Buchnera longifolia Klotzsch
Common names:
Annual herb, up to 1 m long. Stem erect, often branched, terete, with long hairs below, with rough, short stiff hairs above. Basal leaves when present 20 -35 mm long, broadly elliptic to almost circular, 3-veined; margin entire. Lower stem leaves ovate-lanceolate to more to less narrowly oblong, 45-70 mm long, 3-veined; margin entire or coarsely toothed. Higher stem leaves, linear to linear-lanceolate, 15-40 mm long, single-veined; margin entire or remotely toothed. All leaves rough with short, appressed, stiff hairs. Inflorescences terminal spikes, soon lax, 6-30 cm long. Bracts ovate-lanceolate, 4-5 mm long, often larger and leaf-like at the flowers, with rough stiff hairs or sometimes hairless with ciliate margins. Calyx 4-8 mm long, 5-lobed, more or less clearly 10-veined, more or less sparsely covered with short spreading stiff hairs. Corolla blue, mauve, purple or white; tube 6-7.5 mm long, straight or rarely curved, hairy in the throat; lobes up to 3 × 2 mm, obovate-oblong. Capsule ovoid c. 5.5 × 3 mm.
Derivation of specific name: hispida: rough with stiff hairs (hispid)
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical Africa, Oman and Jemen, Madagascar and India.
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Flora of Caprivi: Buchnera hispida
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Buchnera hispida
Flora of Malawi: Buchnera hispida
Flora of Mozambique: Buchnera hispida
Flora of Zambia: Buchnera hispida
Flora of Zimbabwe: Buchnera hispida

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Buchnera hispida
African Plant Database: Buchnera hispida
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Buchnera hispida
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Buchnera hispida
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Buchnera hispida
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iNaturalist: Buchnera hispida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Buchnera hispida
JSTOR Plant Science: Buchnera hispida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Buchnera hispida
Plants of the World Online: Buchnera hispida
Tropicos: Buchnera hispida
Wikipedia: Buchnera hispida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Buchnera hispida.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152080, retrieved 20 May 2024

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