Mollugo cerviana (L.) Ser.
var. cerviana

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Mollugo cerviana var. cerviana

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Maleme Dam camp

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Synonyms: Mollugo tenuissima A. Peter
Pharnaceum cerviana L.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small annual herb, often multi-stemmed from the base, up to c. 20 cm tall. Stems rigid, pale brownish, erect or ascending. Leaves in whorls of c. 6, up to c. 2 cm long, both basal and along the stems, sessile, linear, often bluish-green, hairless. Flowers axillary on pedicels 5-18 mm long, 3-5 mm in diameter, greenish-white. See var. spathulifolia for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland and on river banks and as a weed of gardens, disturbed and cultivated areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Old World tropics and subtropics; introduced in America.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Molluginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 542.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 408. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 360. (Includes a picture).

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

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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Tropicos: Mollugo cerviana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Mollugo cerviana var. cerviana., retrieved 17 August 2017

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