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La Rochelle Hotel, in front of the main terrace
Photo: Bart Wursten
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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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Other sources of information about Tropaeolum majus: Our websites: Flora of Zimbabwe
cultivated Tropaeolum majus External websites: African Plant Database
Tropaeolum majus Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Tropaeolum majus EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Tropaeolum majus ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Tropaeolum majus Flora Zambesiaca
Tropaeolum majus Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Tropaeolum majus IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Tropaeolum majus Ispot Southern Africa
Tropaeolum majus JSTOR Plant Science
Tropaeolum majus Kew Herbarium catalogue
Tropaeolum majus Tropicos
Tropaeolum majus West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
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 July 2016
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