Oldenlandia herbacea (L.) Roxb.
var. herbacea

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Oldenlandia herbacea var. herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Oldenlandia herbacea var. herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Oldenlandia herbacea var. herbacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Hedyotis heynii (G. Don) Sond.
Oldenlandia herbacea var. flaccida Bremek.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Annual or perennial herb with much-branched wiry stems, often intertwined. Leaves small, linear lanceolate. Flowers solitary or in pairs on longish stalks, axillary at the nodes, up to 5mm in diameter, white or mauve. Two varieties occur: Var. herbacea has smaller flowers, the corolla tube 2-3.5 mm in length. Var. goetzei Bremek. has larger flowers, the corolla tube 7-11 mm in length.
Notes: Our specimens from Cleveland Dam are intermediate between var. herbacea and var. goetzei as described on p. 136 of FZ.
Derivation of specific name: herbacea: herb-like or herbaceous; not woody
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, from dry woodland to damp grassland and seepage zones and roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 28 February 2014

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 107. (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 165.


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West African Plants database: Oldenlandia herbacea

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: Oldenlandia herbacea var. herbacea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154990, retrieved 24 May 2016

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