Aeschynomene fluitans Peter

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Aeschynomene fluitans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Aeschynomene fluitans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Aeschynomene fluitans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Aeschynomene fluitans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

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Synonyms: Aeschynomene schlechteri Harms ex Baker f.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Probably introduced
Description:
Perennial aquatic herb. Stems hollow, up to 4.5 m, densely covered in adventitious roots. Leaves up to 8 cm, paripinnate with 16-26 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblong to linear-oblong, 9-25 mm long, hairless, blue-green; margin entire or finely serrate. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, yellow. Fruit 1.5-5 cm long with a tuberculate ridge around the margin.
Notes: The status of this species in Zimbabwe is uncertain. It has been recorded from the Northern Division and appears well-naturalised in Harare (see photos) but probably has been introduced originally as a ornamental plant in ponds.
Derivation of specific name: fluitans: floating
Habitat: Floating on the water surface in slow-moving rivers, ponds and floodplains.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, western Tanzania, Zambia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Thursday 22 March 2007
Literature:

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 61.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 210.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Page 68.


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Ispot Southern Africa : Aeschynomene fluitans
JSTOR Plant Science: Aeschynomene fluitans
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aeschynomene fluitans
Tropicos: Aeschynomene fluitans
West African Plants database: Aeschynomene fluitans


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: Aeschynomene fluitans.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130440, retrieved 31 July 2016

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