Cardamine africana L.

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Cardamine africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Trail 2, Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Cardamine africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Trail 2, Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Cardamine africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Cardamine africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Cardamine africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Camp site, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms:
Common names: African bittercress (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Slender perennial herb, 40-60 cm. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets up to 4 × 3 cm, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, sparsely hairy; apex pointed to rounded; margin crenate-dentate. Flowers in corymbose racemes, white to greenish, c. 6 mm in diameter. Fruit a straight, linear siliqua, 25-45 mm, flattened, tapering gradually. Seeds ellipsoid, flattened, brownish.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: On the forest floor of submontane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in mountainous areas of Tropical and South Africa. Also in India and Brazil
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 28 January 2007
Literature:

Exell, A.W. (1960). Brassicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 189.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cardamine africana
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West African Plants database: Cardamine africana


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: Cardamine africana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124270, retrieved 29 July 2016

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