Commelina africana L.

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Commelina africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Commelina africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Common names: Gezi (Shona) Goche (Shona) Goshe (Shona) Wandering jew (English) Yellow commelina (English) Zheki (Shona)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Spreading, prostrate perennial herb. A very variable species, many varieties have been described at times. Flowers pale to bright yellow, borne from a boat-shaped bract, 1-3 at the time, each flower only lasting through the morning before disintegrating.
Notes: The young leaves are cooked as vegetables. The roots are used to treat a variety of pains and ailments. See C. welwitschii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: Widespread in woodland, grassland and disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 13 November 2005

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 242 - 243. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 294. under various subtaxa

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 231. as Commelina africana barberae (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 154. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 117.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 70.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Commelina africana., retrieved 23 October 2016

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