Gerardiina angolensis Engl.
(name current July 2011)
Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Gerardiina angolensis - Herbaceous, erect, hairless. Leaves opposite, stalkless, toothless, gradually narrowing to blunt tip, up to 7 cm long x 1,5 cm wide. Bracts small. Flowers solitary, axillary, in lax terminal or axillary inflorescences; not or slightly branched; stalk up to 1 cm long, lengthening in fruit. Calyx leathery, persistent, bell-shaped, c 6 mm long; lobes five, short, broad and blunt. Corolla pink, up to 3 cm long x 2,5 cm across, tube narrow within calyx, widening above, five-lobed, somewhat two-lipped, with few small stalked glands. Stamens four in unequal pairs, attached low in corolla tube. Ovary two-chambered with many ovules. Fruit dry, spherical, tipped with long thread-like style.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.