Sopubia simplex (Hochst.) Hochst.
(name current July 2011)
Growth form: Herb
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Sopubia mannii - Slender with spreading branches, up to 50 cm high, rather lax, hairless throughout. Leaves very slender, often curled, c 2 cm long x 1 mm wide, with or without small axillary short shoots. Inflorescence very open, much branched. Flower stalks c 1,5 cm long, elongating in fruit. Calyx c 5 mm long, lobes almost as long as tube, triangular, pointed, densely white-hairy on inner surface; corolla pink or mauve, veined, lobes broad and rounded, c 1,3 cm across.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.