Hermannia modesta (Ehrenb.) Mast.

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Hermannia modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Hermannia modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Hermannia modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Hermannia modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Hermannia filipes Harv.
Trichanthera modesta Ehrenb.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender, erect annual herb, up to 60 cm. Stems and branches with short glandular and longer simple hairs. Leaves linear, up to 4 cm long, thinly-stellate-hairy, sometimes also with glandular hairs; margins entire. Flowers drooping, small, solitary, axillary, pink, red or purple; peduncle up to 3.5 cm long, pubescent. Fruit oblong-ovoid, c. 8 × 6 mm, thinly stellate-pubescent, with small spreading apical horns, up to 1 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: modesta: modest, probably referring to the delicate appearance and few, small flowers.
Habitat: In very dry deciduous woodland and scrub.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola. Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa. Also Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 30 March 2008

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 196. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 243. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 107.

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 226.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 548. (Includes a picture).


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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hermannia modesta.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139950, retrieved 18 October 2017

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