Hygrophila pilosa Burkill

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Hygrophila pilosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, nr cnr Lanner Ave/Teviotdale Ave

Hygrophila pilosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, nr cnr Lanner Ave/Teviotdale Ave

Hygrophila pilosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, nr cnr Lanner Ave/Teviotdale Ave

Hygrophila pilosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, nr cnr Lanner Ave/Teviotdale Ave

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Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Decumbent, much-branched herb, up to 20 cm. Leaves ovate, glandular-pubescent, apex acute, base slightly cordate, sessile or very shortly pedicellate (1 mm). Flowers in axillary pedunculate clusters of 1-several flowers, subtended by bracts, which resemble the leaves. Calyx lobes 5, connate below, one spathulate, 5-6 mm and c.3 mm wide, the other 4 linear, slightly shorter. Corolla ± erect, c.1 cm; upper lip erect, pale purple to almost white, lower lip reflexed with 3 lobes, purple with orange-brown bulges at the throat. Stamens 4. Capsule linear, pubescent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: pilosa: pilose, with long soft hairs
Habitat: By streamsides and in black vlei soils; also a colonist of cultivated areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 8 January 2007
Literature:

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 18.


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Flora of Botswana: Hygrophila pilosa
Flora of Malawi: Hygrophila pilosa
Flora of Zambia: Hygrophila pilosa

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African Plant Database: Hygrophila pilosa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Hygrophila pilosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hygrophila pilosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Hygrophila pilosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hygrophila pilosa
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Hygrophila pilosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hygrophila pilosa
Ispot Southern Africa : Hygrophila pilosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Hygrophila pilosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hygrophila pilosa
Tropicos: Hygrophila pilosa
West African Plants database: Hygrophila pilosa


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: Hygrophila pilosa.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153130, retrieved 27 July 2016

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