Guthriea capensis Bolus
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Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Guthriea capensis Bolus. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000925990. Accessed on: 26 May 2020'

Diagnostic Description

An acaulescent herb with radical, rosulate, bullate leaves dark green and shiny above and paler below, with flowers mostly hidden under the leaves.

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    Morphology

    An acaulescent herb with a sub-horizontal rhizome and thick, fleshy roots. Leaf-blade broadly ovate, occasionally broadly elliptic, 4-7 cm long, 3.5-6.5 cm wide, apex obtuse to round, base cordate, margins crenate, digitately nerved, discolorous, dark green and shiny above, paler below, bullate, glabrous; petiole 3-12 cm long. Flowers with pedicels 2-8 cm long. Male flowers: Sepals linear, 1.5 cm long, projecting beyond corolla, c. 2.5 mm. Corolla 1.5 cm long, 1.2 cm wide at mouth, pubescent inside in lower half; lobes ovate, 4 mm long, 3 mm wide. Glands ovate, 2 mm long, 1.5 mm wide, thick, fleshy, crearrl. Stamens with filaments 3.5 mm long, anthers 2-2.5 mm long, glandular. Female flowers: Sepals linear, c. 6 mm long, free for 2-3 mm. Corolla-tube 1.3 1.5 cm long, 1.2-1.4 cm wide at mouth; lobes transversely ovate, 1-3 mm long, 6 mm wide, erect. Glands ovate to obovate, 2.5 mm long, 2 mm wide, cream. Ovary ellipsoid, 8 mm long, 4 mm wide, brown gland-dotted; style subterete, 4-5 mm long; lobes simple, 1 mm long, spreading. Fruit triangular-ellipsoid, 1.2 cm long, 1 cm wide. Seeds ellipsoid, 3.5 mm long, 2 mm wide, minutely tuberculate, pubescent, black.

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    Acaulescent, perennial herb with a subhorizontal rhizome; roots fleshy. Leaves rosulate; simple; petiolate; blade ovate, 40-70 x 35-65 mm, base cordate, apex obtuse to rounded, margins crenate, discolorous, glossy dark green on upper surface, veins deeply indented; petioles 30-120 mm long. Flowers: male and female separate on same plant, hidden under leaves, solitary, stalk 30-120 mm long; sepals linear, adnate to corolla; corolla ± 15 mm long; tube campanulate, lobes much shorter than tube, creamy green; Oct.-Jan. Fruit enclosed in persistent corolla; seeds several, ellipsoid, arillate.

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    Habitat

    Herb occurring in grassland on mountains.

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    Mesic Grassland. Grassland, steep slopes below cliffs, damp places.

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    Distribution

    In the Eastern Cape and Natal from the Sneeuwbergen to Mont aux Sources and in Lesotho.

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      Bibliography

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    • 2 Killick, DJB. 1976. Achariaceae. Fl. S. Africa 22: 128 - 134. BRI, Dept. Agric. & Tech. Services, Pretoria.
    • 3 Retief, E; Meyer, NL. 2017. Achariaceae. In: E Retief & NL Meyer (eds), Plants of the Free State: Inventory and identification guide. Strelitzia 38: 155 - 156. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

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    Achariaceae
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    e-Flora of South Africa. v1.21. 2018. South African National Biodiversity Institute. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions&v=1.21
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