Torenia thouarsii (Cham. & Schltdl.) Kuntze

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Torenia thouarsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath from Muwawa to Zomba

Torenia thouarsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath from Muwawa to Zomba

Torenia thouarsii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath from Muwawa to Zomba

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Synonyms: Nortenia thouarsii Cham. & Schlechtend.) Kuntze
Torenia parviflora Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.
Torenia parviflora Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.
Torenia ramosissima Vatke
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender, somewhat straggling branched herb with 4-angled branches up to 40 cm long, sometimes rooting at the nodes. Leaves opposite, ovate-lanceolate, 12-20(30) mm long; margin crenate-serrate, sometimes thickened; petiole 0.5-3 mm long. Flowers axillary,solitary or 2-6 together. Calyx 5-6 mm long sparsely hairy, narrowly winged, more so in fruit. Corolla 10-12 mm long, white or pink, blue,purple or mauve. Capsule narrowly oblong-ellipsoid, 7-10 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Grassland, marshes, swamps, lake shores and riversides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1750 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and the Mascarene Islands, probably introduced in Central and South America.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 8 June 2016

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 57 - 58. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 105.


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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: Torenia thouarsii., retrieved 29 May 2017

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