Phyla nodiflora (L.) Greene

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Phyla nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Fern Valley Dam, S of Mutare

Phyla nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Fern Valley Dam, S of Mutare

Phyla nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Fern Valley Dam, S of Mutare

Phyla nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Garura section of Mazowe River Game Reserve, Maramba CL, across Mazowe River from Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Blairia nodiflora (L.) Gaertn.
Lippia nodiflora (L.) Michx.
Lippia nodiflora (L.) Rich. var. repens (Bertol.) Schauer
Lippia nodiflora (L.) Rich. var. sarmentosa (Willd.) Schauer
Verbena capitata Forssk.
Verbena nodiflora L.
Zapania nodiflora (L.) Lam.
Common names: Frogfruit (English) Matchweed (English) Sawtooth (English) Turkey tangle (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Prostrate perennial with long trailing stems growing from a woody taproot. Leaves opposite, somewhat fleshy, obovate or spathulate, coarsely serrate in the apical half. Inflorescence in dense, many-flowered, ovoid spikes on long peduncles. Corolla pale mauve-pink to white, often yellowish in the throat.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: nodiflora: with flowers (inflorescences) borne at the nodes.
Habitat: A species of river banks, floodplains, margins of pans and swamps, and along dams and lakes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate regions; specifically frequent in tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 23 August 2013
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 175. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. (2005). Verbenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 41 - 44. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 424. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 298. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 82.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 102.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 424 - 425. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 110. As: Phyla nodiflora

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 228.


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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: Phyla nodiflora.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148750, retrieved 2 July 2016

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