Oxygonum sinuatum (Hochst. & Steud. ex Meisn.) Dammer

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Oxygonum sinuatum

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Oxygonum sinuatum

Photo: Bart Wursten

Oxygonum sinuatum

Photo: Bart Wursten

Oxygonum sinuatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Guvulala Pan, Hwange NP

Oxygonum sinuatum

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Maleme Dam area

Oxygonum sinuatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near western boundary, Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Ceratogonum sinuatum Hochst. & Steud. ex Meisn.
Common names:
Frequency: common
Status: Native
More or less erect branched annual herb, with ribbed stems up to 1 m tall, usually smaller. Leaves ovate-elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate in outline, up to 8 × 3 cm, usually with 3 unequally deep lobes on each side. Flowers in 2-5-flowered clusters in the axils of bracts, together appearing as spike-like terminal or axillary inflorescences, 25-40 cm long. Corolla 4-5-lobed, 6-8 mm in diameter, white or pinkish. Fruit an erect or spreading, trigonous nut, 5-7 mm long, with 3 prickles in the middle of the angles, pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: sinuatum: sinuate, wavy-edged
Habitat: In woodland, along streambanks, and roadsides, often in disturbed and sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 450 - 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Sudan and Ethiopia to Namibia and South Africa. Also in DRC and Angola.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 27 January 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 415. (Includes a picture).

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 68.

Nogueira, I., Ortiz, S. & Paiva, J.A.R. (2006). Polygonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 30 - 32. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 98. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 93.

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Flora of Botswana: Oxygonum sinuatum
Flora of Caprivi: Oxygonum sinuatum
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Oxygonum sinuatum
Flora of Malawi: Oxygonum sinuatum
Flora of Mozambique: Oxygonum sinuatum
Flora of Zambia: Oxygonum sinuatum

External websites:

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

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: Oxygonum sinuatum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121920, retrieved 24 May 2024

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