Pentodon pentandrus (Schumach. & Thonn.) Vatke
var. pentandrus

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Pentodon pentandrus var. pentandrus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

Pentodon pentandrus var. pentandrus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial herb with single, procumbent or suberect stems. Leaves opposite, linear-lanceolate to elliptic. Flowers on long peduncles in axillary few-flowered inflorescences, white, pale blue or mauve with soft hairs on the throat and corolla.
Notes: Very similar to var. minor but can be distinguished by differences in the style and less funnel-shaped flowers. The distribution of the two varieties does not seem to overlap in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: pentandrus: with five stamens.
Habitat: In muddy soil in riverine grassland and Phragmites or Papyrus swamps.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 920 m
Flowering time:Apr
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Images last updated: Sunday 23 October 2005

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 56. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 98.


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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: Pentodon pentandrus var. pentandrus., retrieved 1 June 2016

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