Talinum arnotii Hook. f.

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Talinum arnotii

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Save Valley, Experimental Station

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Common names: Kalahari butterweed (English)
Status: Native
Erect or sub-erect perennial herb, up to 40 cm tall. Leaves and stems somewhat fleshy. Leaves oblong to broadly (ob)ovate,up to c. 4 × 2.5 cm. Flowers axillary, mostly solitary, rarely in clusters of 2-3, golden-yellow, opening in the afternoon and fading by nightfall. Fruit a subspherical capsule. Seeds shiny black with a white hilum, 1.5-2 mm in diameter, with a verrucose surface (visible with a lens).
Derivation of specific name: arnotii: Named after David Arnot, South African diamond prospector and plant collector in the 19th Century
Habitat: In hot and dry, open deciduous woodland
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 700 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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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.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 43, plate 64

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 94.

Wild, H. (1961). Portulacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 371 - 372. (Includes a picture).

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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: Talinum arnotii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123090, retrieved 15 June 2024

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