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)
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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.

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.


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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
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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 27 May 2016

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