Coronopus didymus (L.) Sm.

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Coronopus didymus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunker's Hill, Harare

Coronopus didymus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunker's Hill, Harare

Coronopus didymus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunker's Hill, Harare

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Synonyms: Lepidium didymum L.
Senebiera didyma (L.) Pers.
Common names: Lesser swine-cress (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Annual or biennial herb with much-branched, prostrate or ascending, pubescent stems up to 50 cm long, strong-smelling when crushed. Lower leaves pinnately lobed with the lobes pinnatifid; cauline leaves sessile with the lobes entire, all leaves sparsely pubescent to subhairless. Flowers very small, whitish, in dense leaf-opposed racemes, elongating up to c. 6 cm. Petals 0 or c.0.5 mm, shorter than the sepals. Stamens 2(-5). Fruit c. 2.5 mm wide, constricted in the middle into 2 subspherical, 1 seeded mericarps. Seeds ellipsoid, flattened, orange-brown.
Derivation of specific name: didymus: twinned, referring to the pair of mericarps which comprise the fruit
Habitat: A weed of cultivation.
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Worldwide distribution: A cosmopolitan weed, possibly of American origin
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 April 2007

Exell, A.W. (1960). Brassicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 193.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Coronopus didymus
African Plant Database: Coronopus didymus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Coronopus didymus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Coronopus didymus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Coronopus didymus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Coronopus didymus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Coronopus didymus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Coronopus didymus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Coronopus didymus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Coronopus didymus
Ispot Southern Africa: Coronopus didymus
JSTOR Plant Science: Coronopus didymus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Coronopus didymus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Coronopus didymus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Coronopus didymus
Tropicos: Coronopus didymus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Coronopus didymus., retrieved 22 January 2018

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