Limeum viscosum (J. Gay) Fenzl
subsp. viscosum
var. viscosum

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Synonyms: Gaudinia viscosa J. Gay
Limeum kotschyi (Moq.) Schellenb.
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Status: Native
Sticky glandular annual or short-lived perennial herb, up to 60 cm tall. Stems procumbent or ascending. Leaves alternate, petiolate, obovate-elliptic, up to 6 cm long, usually less than 3 times as long as wide in this variety, sticky glandular; margin entire. Flowers in few-many-flowered supra-axillary clusters, white; pedicels c. 3.5 mm.
Notes: Two other varieties are found in Zimbabwe: var. krausii and var. dubium. These varieties differ mainly in the shape of the leaves and the length of the pedicels.
Derivation of specific name: viscosum: viscid, sticky
Habitat: In alluvial sandy soil and cultivated ground.
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Worldwide distribution: (this variety) Angola Botswana, Senegal, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Central Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Molluginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 530.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 407. (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 15. under Aizoaceae

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 88.

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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: Limeum viscosum subsp. viscosum var. viscosum., retrieved 28 May 2024

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