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Description: Annual or short-lived perennial herb. Stems up to 50 cm long, ascending or creeping and rooting at the lower nodes, hairless. Leaves opposite, linear to lanceolate or narrowly elliptic, 1 - 3.5 cm long, hairless. Flowers in a large, open, branched inflorescence up to 30 cm long. Corolla 7-9 mm long, 2-lipped, pale mauve with a white tube, unmarked; lower lip, shallowly 3-lobed with a few long hairs. Capsule 6-9 mm long, hairless.
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Habitat: Occurring in riverbeds and on riverbanks.
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe
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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 18.
Acanthaceae (Part 1) Vollesen, K. (2013). Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 114. Comments
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Other sources of information about Hygrophila linearis: Our websites: Flora of Botswana
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Hygrophila linearis Kew Herbarium catalogue
Hygrophila linearis Tropicos
Hygrophila linearis 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 linearis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153120, retrieved 9 December 2016
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