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:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 14.

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

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 110 - 111.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hygrophila pilosa
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hygrophila pilosa
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hygrophila pilosa
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hygrophila pilosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hygrophila pilosa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hygrophila pilosa
Tropicos: Hygrophila pilosa


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: Hygrophila pilosa.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153130, retrieved 20 October 2017

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