Murdannia simplex (Vahl) Brenan

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Murdannia simplex

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Rd to Nyangombe Falls, Nyanga NP

Murdannia simplex

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Murdannia simplex

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Murdannia simplex

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani

Murdannia simplex

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Aneilema sinicum Ker-Gawl.
Commelina simplex Vahl
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, 30-60 cm. Leaves 3-4, mostly basal; lamina up to 20 × 1 cm, linear, glabrous, but ciliate towards the base; basal part sheathing. Inflorescence bearing scars of early flowers. Flowers opening in late afternoon. Petals 3, equal, obovate, c.10 mm. Stamens: 2 upper, fertile and curved downwards, the third sterile; filaments with long purple, beaded hairs. Staminodes 3 with glabrous filaments, the empty anthers yellow and 3-lobed. Capsule oblong-spherical, c.6 mm. Seeds oblong-spherical, 1.5 mm, the transverse ribs tuberculate, reticulate.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: simplex: undivided, entire
Habitat: In grassland, woodland, on rocky outcrops, along roadsides and on the edges of marshes, dams and rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa and Madagascar. Also in tropical Asia but this may still prove to be a separate taxon.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

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 297. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 122.

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 51 - 54. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 87.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 108.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 340 - 341. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 71.


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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: Murdannia simplex.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=112850, retrieved 4 December 2016

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