Plumbago zeylanica L.

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Plumbago zeylanica

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Plumbago zeylanica

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Common names: Wild white plumbago (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Scrambling or climbing perennial, up to 1.5 m. Leaves ovate-lanceolate to elliptic or oblong, glabrous; petiole clasping at the base. Flowers in terminal spikes, white, sweetly scented. Corolla lobes rounded with a small pointed tip; calyx covered in sticky glands.
Derivation of specific name: zeylanica: from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Habitat: In woodland and thickets, often near rivers and on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Apr - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropics and subtropics
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 27 May 2006

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 265.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 413. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 93. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 92.

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 221.

Vickery, A.R. (1983). Plumbaginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 182.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Plumbago zeylanica
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West African Plants database: Plumbago zeylanica

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: Plumbago zeylanica., retrieved 24 October 2016

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