Aeschynomene fluitans Peter

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Aeschynomene fluitans

Photo: Bart Wursten
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Aeschynomene fluitans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Aeschynomene fluitans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Aeschynomene fluitans

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

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Synonyms: Aeschynomene schlechteri Harms ex Baker f.
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Description: Perennial aquatic herb. Stems hollow, up to 4.5 m, densely covered in adventitious roots. Leaves up to 8 cm, paripinnate with 16-26 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblong to linear-oblong, 9-25 mm long, hairless, blue-green; margin entire or finely serrate. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, yellow. Fruit 1.5-5 cm long with a tuberculate ridge around the margin.
Notes: The status of this species in Zimbabwe is uncertain. It has been recorded from the Northern Division and appears well-naturalised in Harare (see photos) but probably has been introduced originally as a ornamental plant in ponds.
Derivation of specific name: fluitans: floating
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DR Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Caprivi Namibia.
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
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Image last updated: Thursday 22 March 2007

Ellery, K. & W. (1997). Plants of the Okavango Delta, a Field Guide Tsaro Publishers, Durban, South Africa Page 140.

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 46.

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 53. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 61.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 210.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Page 68.

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Flora of Botswana: Aeschynomene fluitans
Flora of Caprivi: Aeschynomene fluitans
Flora of Mozambique: Aeschynomene fluitans
Flora of Zambia: Aeschynomene fluitans
Flora of Zimbabwe: Aeschynomene fluitans

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aeschynomene fluitans
African Plant Database: Aeschynomene fluitans
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aeschynomene fluitans
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aeschynomene fluitans
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aeschynomene fluitans
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iNaturalist: Aeschynomene fluitans
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aeschynomene fluitans
JSTOR Plant Science: Aeschynomene fluitans
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aeschynomene fluitans
Plants of the World Online: Aeschynomene fluitans
Tropicos: Aeschynomene fluitans
Wikipedia: Aeschynomene fluitans

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Aeschynomene fluitans., retrieved 26 February 2024

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