Polycarpaea corymbosa (L.) Lam.

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Polycarpaea corymbosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr end of dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Polycarpaea corymbosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr end of dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Polycarpaea corymbosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr end of dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Polycarpaea corymbosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr end of dam wall, Cleveland Dam

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Common names:
Status: Native
Erect annual herb, usually unbranched. Leaves opposite or appearing in whorls, linear up to 35 mm long with a terminal bristle. Flowers in compact terminal heads. Sepals silvery white, turning rich brown with age; petals small, pink to orange. Fruit a minute ellipsoid capsule.
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Habitat: On sandy soils in open woodland and grassland, sometimes as a weed of cultivated ground.
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 14 January 2007

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29. As Polycarpaea corymbosa contracta

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 32. as Polycarpaea corymbosa var. corymbosa

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 45.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 203.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Caryophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 343 - 344.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polycarpaea corymbosa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123330, retrieved 24 February 2018

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