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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania to Zambia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Caryophyllaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

Morphology General Habit
Stiffly erect herb with a short branched woody base.
Morphology General Shoots
Flowering shoots robust, virgate, 60–120 cm. high, occasionally branched near base, leafy below, terminating in a generally freely branched inflorescence.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves towards the base of shoot 6·5–12·5 cm. × 5·0–9·0 mm., linear; sheath 7·5–12·0 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence bearing up to 30 flowers; axis elongated; primary branches erect or slightly spreading, generally branched, only the uppermost shorter than the corresponding internode on the axis; flowers erect.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx cylindric or elliptic 1·2–1·8 cm. × 2·5–4·0 mm., lobes c. 6 mm. long. Calyx bracts 8 or 10, closely imbricate, covering the calyx nearly to the base of the calyx-lobes, uppermost broadly elliptic, subobtuse, mucronate, margin fringed with short, white hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petal-lamina pure white, turning pink with age, 5·0–8·0 × 3·5–5·0 mm., obovate or rounded, crenulate or shallowly dentate.

Native to:

Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Dianthus excelsus S.S.Hooper appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Richards, H.M. [8955], Zambia K000311045
Bullock, A.A. [2846], Tanzania K000311051 holotype
Bidgood, S. [5330], Tanzania K000190560

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 37: 13 (1959)

Accepted by

  • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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