1. Family: Hypericaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Hypericum Tourn. ex L.
      1. Hypericum aethiopicum Thunb.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Guttiferae, N. K. B. Robson. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Perennial herb.
    Stem
    Stems erect, or decumbent at the base, tufted, unbranched, arising from an underground crown, (8) 10–45 (60) cm. long (usually 20 cm. or less in our area), or sometimes ± flattened or 2-lined above, eglandular or spotted with dark glands.
    Leaves
    Leaves sessile, rarely shortly petiolate; lamina 5–25 × 3–15 mm., variable in shape and size, ovate, oblong or rotund, obtuse to rounded (rarely ± acute) at the apex, rounded to cordate-amplexicaul at the base, with margins often ± revolute, with numerous translucent glandular dots which vary in size, the larger ones prominent and yellowish, and dark glandular dots round the margins and sometimes elsewhere.
    Flowers
    Flowers in lax or compact terminal few- to many-flowered cymes, rarely solitary; pedicels short (rarely exceeding 5 mm.), erect in fruit.
    Calyx
    Sepals lanceolate, acuminate or attenuate, subequal, with translucent glandular dots or short streaks, and dark glandular dots both marginal and dispersed over the lamina.
    Corolla
    Petals (8) 10–13 (15) mm. long, 2–4 times as long as the sepals, primrose-yellow, usually red-tinged, with dark glandular marginal dots and dots or short streaks dispersed over the lamina (very rarely with only marginal dots).
    Stamens
    Stamens c. 50–70, irregularly arranged or in 3 or 4 indistinct groups, with filaments ± united at the base; anthers usually with a dark or orange gland at the end of the connective.
    Pistil
    Ovary 3 (4)-locular; styles 3 (4), free, 3–6·5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit capsular, 3–4-valved, erect.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Hypericum aethiopicum Thunb. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Prodr. Pl. Cap.: 138 (1800)

    Accepted by

    • Robson, N.K.B. (1996). Studies in the genus Hypericum L. (Guttiferae) 6. sections 20. Myriandra to 28. Elodes Bulleton of the Natural History Museum. Botany Series 26: 75-217.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Robson, N.K.B. (1996). Studies in the genus Hypericum L. (Guttiferae) 6. sections 20. Myriandra to 28. Elodes Bulleton of the Natural History Museum. Botany Series 26: 75-217.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0