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La Rochelle Hotel, in front of the main terrace
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Garden nasturtium (English)
Indian cress (English)
Description: Annual herb with trailing stems up to c. 1 m long, widely cultivated as a garden plant and often used in salads. Leaves nearly circular, 3-15 cm in diameter, green to blue-green above, paler beneath, distinctly peltate with the petiole, 5-30 cm long, attached nearly in the centre of the lamina. Flowers yellow, orange or red, often with darker markings at the base of the petals, 2.5-6 cm in diameter, with a basal spur 2.5-3 cm long. Fruit c. 2 cm in diameter, with 3 one-seeded segments.
Notes: Notes: It has been included on the basis of at least one record as a garden escape along a roadside.
This species is probably of cultivated, hybrid origin.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Very rarely escaping on roadsides
Altitude range: (metres)
1450 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: South America. Known as an invasive introduction in Hawai and New Zealand.
Growth form(s): Climber.
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Tuesday 15 February 2011
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Tropaeolum majus JSTOR Plant Science
Tropaeolum majus Kew Herbarium catalogue
Tropaeolum majus Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
Tropaeolum majus The Plant List (version 1.1)
Tropaeolum majus Tropicos
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tropaeolum majus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132870, retrieved 27 March 2017
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