Richardia brasiliensis Gomes

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Richardia brasiliensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, nr carpark

Richardia brasiliensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 2, Chirinda Forest

Richardia brasiliensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old cottages at Katiyo Tea Estate

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Synonyms: Richardsonia brasiliensis (Gomes) Hayne
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Description:
Prostrate, mat forming perennial herb or sometimes annual. Stems up to 40 cm long, densely covered in spreading hairs. Leaves elliptic, 1-6.5 cm long, usually covered with short hairs on the upper surface and on the margins and veins beneath; longer hairs near the base. Inflorescences terminal, 0.7-1.2 cm in diameter; bract ovate-elliptic, up 3.5 cm long with shorter bracts up to 1.7 cm. Corolla white, sometimes tinged pink with lobes 1-1.4 mm long.
Notes: It is closely related and very similar to Richardia scabra, another South American native. The two species may occur together.
Derivation of specific name: brasiliensis: of Brasil.
Habitat: Weed of disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2010 m
Flowering time:Aug - Mar
Worldwide distribution: A native of South America, now a cosmopolitan weed
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 September 2005
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 74.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 92.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 84 - 85. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 191 - 192. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 59. (Includes a picture).


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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: Richardia brasiliensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156690, retrieved 26 July 2016

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