Talinum portulacifolium (Forssk.) Asch. ex Schweinf.

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Talinum portulacifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no.4 after turn-of no.3, Gorongosa National Park

Talinum portulacifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no.4 after junction with no.3, Gorongosa National Park

Talinum portulacifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no.4 after junction with no.3, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Orygia portulacifolia Forssk.
Common names: Dimiliankwasia (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Nyengele (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Status: Native
Erect, shrubby non-succulent annual or perennial, up to c. 1 m tall. Leaves elliptic-oblong, 2-9 cm long, dark green; apex rounded. Flowers in lax, many-flowered inflorescences, pink to purplish, c. 2.5 cm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: portulacifolium: with leaves like a Portulaca
Habitat: In open deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia to the Eastern Cape South Africa. Also on the Arabian Peninsula and India
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 28 May 2009

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 80 - 81. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 94.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 154 - 155.

Wild, H. (1961). Portulacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 371 - 372. (Includes a picture).


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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: Talinum portulacifolium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123130, retrieved 8 December 2016

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