Gisekia africana (Lour.) Kuntze

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Gisekia africana

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Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Status: Native
Annual or perennial prostrate or procument herb. Stems up to 50 cm, fleshy, often tinged with red. Leaves variable, always long and narrow. Flowers in umbel-like groups, often many flowered, pale to deep pink; stamens 10-15.
Notes: This species is very similar to G. pharnaceoides. It can be distinguished by the much larger number of stamens and the often unisexual flowers.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In woodland, scrubland, riverine fringes and along roadsides, often in sandy soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread from tropical and southern Africa to Asia
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 10 November 2005

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 148. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 277. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 76. also as Gisekia africana var. cymosa and var. pedunculata

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 195.


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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: Gisekia africana., retrieved 24 May 2016

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