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Dianthus mooiensis F.N.Williams subsp. kirkii (Burtt Davy) S.S.Hooper
(name current September 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: rare
Red Data Book Information:
Status: VU C1C2a
Distribution: Malolotja, Piggs Peak, Usuthu, Maguga Dam
In South Africa, found in the Magaliesberg and Witwatersrand (possibly declining over much of its range). Has horticultural potential. In Swaziland, it is used to make the royal soap for the King. The Swaziland subpopulations are scattered and locally rare.
Utilisation is a serious threat.
In South Africa, found in the Magaliesberg and Witwatersrand (possibly declining over much of its range).
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Dianthus mooiensis - Perennial with straggling stems up to 90 cm long, hairless throughout. Leaves in widely spaced pairs, narrow, tapering to long point, up to 8 cm long x 3 mm wide. Inflorescence forking irregularly. Flowers singly on long stalks. Calyx tube with five segments, 2 cm or more long, with several basal bracts, half as long as calyx, with fine points. Exposed part of corolla 2 cm or more diam. Petals five with long stalks inside calyx, broader and spreading outside, pink, margin fringed with small teeth. Stamens ten. Ovary one-chambered with many ovules and two long styles. Seeds flattened.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to Wild Flowers Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.