Polycarpon prostratum (Forssk.) Asch. & Schweinf.

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Polycarpon prostratum

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11, Blue Haze Lane, Umwinsidale

Polycarpon prostratum

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Pine Tree Inn, Juliasdale

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pine Tree Inn, Juliasdale

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pine Tree Inn, Juliasdale

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pine Tree Inn, Juliasdale

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Alsine prostrata Forssk.
Pharnaceum depressum L.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Probably native
Description:
Annual herb with ascending spreading branches. Leaves opposite or subwhorled, subsessile, oblanceolate, pubescent, 0.3-3 cm long; margin entire. Stipules whitish, membranous, 1-2 mm. Inflorescences of terminal or axillary, many-flowered cymes. Sepals 3-4 mm, broad green in the middle and with whitish hyaline margins. Petals 5 (less often 2-3 or 0), membranous, acute. Stamens 3-5. Capsule ellipsoid, shorter than the persistent sepals, with 3 membranous valves.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: prostratum: lying flat on the ground; prostrate
Habitat: In open sandy habitats, often as a weed of lawns and areas of cultivation
Altitude range: (metres) 910 - 1820 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical species, sometimes occurring in the subtropics
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 16 November 2015
Literature:

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 45.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Caryophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 339 - 341. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polycarpon prostratum
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West African Plants database: Polycarpon prostratum


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: Polycarpon prostratum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123310, retrieved 25 August 2016

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