Trichodesma zeylanicum (Burm. f.) R. Br.

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Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mazvikadei Dam wall

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mazvikadei Dam wall

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Synonyms: Borago zeylanica Burm. f.
Common names: Late weed (English)
Frequency: Common at mid and lower altitudes
Status: Native
Description:
Densely bristly-hairy annual herb to 1 m. Leaves narrowly elliptic. Flowers becoming nodding, in terminal 1-sided bracteate inflorescences. Sepals bristly hairy, enlarging in fruit. Corolla 7-9 mm (shorter than our other Trichodesma spp.), scarcely exserted from the sepals; lobes pale blue to lilac or pinkish. Nutlets 4, smooth and shiny, usually mottled with grey and brown on the outer surface.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: zeylanicum: from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Habitat: A weedy species of roadsides, disturbed ground and old lands
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1520 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropics and subtropics of Old World; in Africa in east and southern Africa only
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Utetheisa pulchella (Food plant)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Monday 5 December 2011
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 120 - 121. (Includes a picture).

Brummitt, R.K. (1990). Trichodesma Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 95 - 96.

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 95 - 96.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 45. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 41.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 82. (Includes a picture).


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Flora of Botswana: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Flora of Malawi: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Flora of Mozambique: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Flora of Zambia: Trichodesma zeylanicum

External websites:

African Plant Database: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Trichodesma zeylanicum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Trichodesma zeylanicum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Trichodesma zeylanicum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Trichodesma zeylanicum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Trichodesma zeylanicum
Ispot Southern Africa : Trichodesma zeylanicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Tropicos: Trichodesma zeylanicum
West African Plants database: Trichodesma zeylanicum


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: Trichodesma zeylanicum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148460, retrieved 31 August 2016

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