Sesuvium nyasicum (Baker) Gonç.

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Sesuvium nyasicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Sesuvium nyasicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Sesuvium nyasicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Sesuvium nyasicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Sesuvium sesuvioides auct.
Trianthema nyasica Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Branching semi-prostrate fleshy annual herb. Stems slightly succulent, up to c. 50 cm long. Leaves (sub)opposite or alternate by reduction, narrowly elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 7-23 mm long, slightly succulent. Flowers solitary, sessile, pink to purple, greenish on the outside. Perianth segments united in the basal half, narrowly triangular, with a dorsal apiculus, 1-2 mm long, from just below the apex. Fruit pointed, thickened in the lower part. Seeds with less than 20 prominent transverse wrinkles.
Derivation of specific name: nyasicum: from Malawi (Nyasaland)
Habitat: In moist depressions on sandy and rocky soils, often in mopane woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1280 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 22 January 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 20.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Aizoaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 516.

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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 19. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 20.

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Flora of Botswana: Sesuvium nyasicum
Flora of Malawi: Sesuvium nyasicum
Flora of Mozambique: Sesuvium nyasicum
Flora of Zambia: Sesuvium nyasicum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sesuvium nyasicum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sesuvium nyasicum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sesuvium nyasicum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sesuvium nyasicum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sesuvium nyasicum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sesuvium nyasicum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Sesuvium nyasicum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sesuvium nyasicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Sesuvium nyasicum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sesuvium nyasicum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sesuvium nyasicum
Plants of the World Online: Sesuvium nyasicum
Tropicos: Sesuvium nyasicum
Wikipedia: Sesuvium nyasicum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sesuvium nyasicum., retrieved 29 March 2023

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