Glinus oppositifolius (L.) DC.
var. oppositifolius

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Glinus oppositifolius var. oppositifolius

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Old Runde Bridge, Mwenezi

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Synonyms: Glinus spergula (L.) Steud.
Mollugo oppositifolius L.
Mollugo serrulata Sond.
Mollugo spergula L.
Pharnaceum oppositifolium (L.) Spreng.
Common names:
Status: Native
Decumbent or prostrate creeping herb. Stems up to 50 cm long. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 4-6, often of different sizes, 5-40 mm long, variable in shape, mostly lanceolate to elliptic-oblong, subsessile, attenuate at both ends, more or less hairless except when young; margin entire or obscurely toothed in the upper half. Flowers creamy-white, often with a green or brownish line down the petals, in 1-8-flowered axillary clusters on pecicels 6-14 mm long.
Notes: See var. lanatus for comparison and notes.
Derivation of specific name: oppositifolius: with opposite leaves
Habitat: In savanna woodland, wet depressions, on river banks and along roadsides, often in sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 780 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: More or less pantropical.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 13 November 2015

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Molluginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 539 - 540.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 403. (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

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 79.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 83. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 87.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Glinus oppositifolius
African Plant Database: Glinus oppositifolius
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Glinus oppositifolius
Plants of the World Online: Glinus oppositifolius
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Wikipedia: Glinus oppositifolius

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: Glinus oppositifolius var. oppositifolius., retrieved 19 May 2024

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