Commelina welwitschii C.B.Clarke

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Commelina welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Commelina welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Commelina welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Penhalonga to Small Bridge Dam

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Synonyms: Commelina rhodesica T. Nordh.
Common names: Gezi (Shona) Goche (Shona) Goshe (Shona) Zheki (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Erect, somewhat succulent herb. Leaves long and linear, often folded. Flowers pale yellow, short-lived. This species differs from the widespread C. africana by its erect habit, long narrow leaves and usually larger, more spreading flowers.
Derivation of specific name: welwitschii: Named after the Austrian botanist, Friedrich Martin Welwitsch (1806-1872)
Habitat: In open woodland and grassland.
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 13 November 2005

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 86.

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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: Species information: Commelina welwitschii., retrieved 26 May 2024

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