Holubia saccata Oliv.

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Holubia saccata

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Birchenough Bridge

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Status: Native
Erect annual or biennial, 30-75 cm. Stem square with spreading branches. Leaves opposite, fleshy, ovate to almost circular, hairless above, sometimes glandular below; margins more or less shallowly lobed. Flowers yellow-green, yellow, cream or white, with an unpleasant smell. Corolla tube with a saccate spur. Fruit 5-6 cm long, 4-winged.
Derivation of specific name: saccata: sack-like, referring to the spurred corolla tube
Habitat: In disturbed sandy soils along riverbanks and roadsides.
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Worldwide distribution: As for the genus
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 13 February 2007

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 213. (Includes a picture).

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


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African Plant Database: Holubia saccata
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Holubia saccata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Holubia saccata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Holubia saccata
Ispot Southern Africa : Holubia saccata
JSTOR Plant Science: Holubia saccata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Holubia saccata
Tropicos: Holubia saccata
West African Plants database: Holubia saccata

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: Holubia saccata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152500, retrieved 30 May 2016

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