Tetragonia tetragonioides (Pall.) Kuntze

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Tetragonia tetragonioides

Photo: Mark Hyde
48, Borrowdale Road, Harare

Tetragonia tetragonioides

Photo: Mark Hyde
48, Borrowdale Road, Harare

Tetragonia tetragonioides

Photo: Mark Hyde
48, Borrowdale Road, Harare

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Synonyms: Demidovia tetragonoides Pall.
Tetragonia expansa Murray
Tetragonia tetragonoides (Pall.) Kuntze
Common names: New Zealand spinach (English)
Description: Prostrate or prostrate-ascending, ± succulent, annual herb with stout trailing stems. Leaves petiolate; lamina rhombic or deltate; base cuneate and decurrent into the petiole. Flowers axillary, subsessile, greenish or yellowish, solitary or paired. Perianth-segments 4 unequal. Stamens twice as many (or fewer) as the perianth-segments. Ovary semi-inferior, with 5-8 carpels and 5-8 styles. Fruit up to 10 × 7 mm, (3-)4(-5)-horned.
Notes: This species is purely cultivated in Zimbabwe.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to New Zealand; widely cultivated elsewhere as a vegetable
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Image last updated: Tuesday 30 April 2013

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Tetragoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 555. As Tetragonia tetragonoides

Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 195.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tetragonia tetragonioides
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tetragonia tetragonioides
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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: Tetragonia tetragonioides.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=192540, retrieved 18 June 2024

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