Limeum viscosum (J. Gay) Fenzl
subsp. viscosum
var. viscosum

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Synonyms: Gaudinia viscosa J. Gay
Limeum kotschyi (Moq.) Schellenb.
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Status: Native
Sticky glandular annual or short-lived perennial herb, up to 60 cm tall. Stems procumbent or ascending. Leaves alternate, petiolate, obovate-elliptic, up to 6 cm long, usually less than 3 times as long as wide in this variety, sticky glandular; margin entire. Flowers in few-many-flowered supra-axillary clusters, white; pedicels c. 3.5 mm.
Notes: Note: 2 other varieties are found in Zimbabwe: var. krausii (see photos under that variety) and var. dubium. These varieties differ mainly in the shape of the leaves and the length of the pedicels.
Derivation of specific name: viscosum: viscid, sticky
Habitat: Occurring in alluvial sandy soil and cultivated ground.
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Worldwide distribution: (this variety) Angola Botswana, Senegal, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Central Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 407. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 88.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Limeum viscosum
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West African Plants database: Limeum viscosum

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: Limeum viscosum subsp. viscosum var. viscosum., retrieved 31 May 2016

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