Guthriea capensis Bolus
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This taxon is accepted by Achariaceae
Notes: More details could be found in The Plant List v.1.1. Originally in The Plant List v.1.0

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

    • 1 Hookers Icon. Pl.
    • 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.

     Information From

    Achariaceae
    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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    e-Flora of South Africa
    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
    • B All Rights Reserved
    World Flora Online consortium
    http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
    • C CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).