Saponaria officinalis L.

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Saponaria officinalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
6, Stafford Rd, Hillcrest, Bulawayo

Saponaria officinalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
6, Stafford Rd, Hillcrest, Bulawayo

Saponaria officinalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
6, Stafford Rd, Hillcrest, Bulawayo

Saponaria officinalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
6, Stafford Rd, Hillcrest, Bulawayo

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Synonyms:
Common names: Common soapwort (English)
Frequency:
Status: Introduced
Description:
Perennial herb with 1-several unbranched stems, up to 70 cm. Leaves opposite, sessile, oblong-elliptic to lanceolate, 4-12 cm long, hairless; margin entire. Flowers c. 2.5 cm in diameter, in dense terminal heads. Calyx tubular up to 2 cm long, cylindric with 5 reddish teeth. Petals 5, pink or white.
Notes: Commonly planted as a garden ornamental and known as a very occasional naturalized escape.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Roadsides and disturbed ground
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Native to southern Europe and Asia as far as western Siberia. Naturalized in many regions of the world.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Saponaria officinalis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Saponaria officinalis

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African Plant Database: Saponaria officinalis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Saponaria officinalis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Saponaria officinalis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Saponaria officinalis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Saponaria officinalis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Saponaria officinalis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Saponaria officinalis
Ispot Southern Africa : Saponaria officinalis
JSTOR Plant Science: Saponaria officinalis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Saponaria officinalis
Tropicos: Saponaria officinalis
West African Plants database: Saponaria officinalis


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: Saponaria officinalis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123410, retrieved 29 May 2016

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