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Brillantaisia didynama Lindau Hygrophila gigas Burkill Hygrophila gilletii De Willd.
Description: Erect or somewhat scrambling, many-stemmed perennial herb, growing from a creeping rhizome. Stems up to 1.5 m long, 4-angular, hairless or finely velvety, sometimes with scattered stalked glands. Leaves opposite, lanceolate or narrowly elliptic, up to 16 cm long, almost hairless or roughly hairy. Flowers in a large, open, branched inflorescence up to 75 cm long; axes with few to many stalked glands and ovate leaf-like bracts. Corolla pale mauve to purple with conspicuous orange veining, 3-4 cm long, 2-lipped; tube wide, almost saccate. Capsule 20-35 mm long, hairless.
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Habitat: Occurring in riverbeds and on riverbanks.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Sudan, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
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Hygrophila didynama West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hygrophila didynama.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153110, retrieved 25 May 2016
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