Neptunia oleracea Lour.

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Neptunia oleracea

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Tembwahata pans, Gonarezhou National Park.

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Synonyms: Mimosa prostrata Lam.
Neptunia prostrata (Lam.) Baill.
Common names:
Status: Native
Aquatic herb. Stems creeping, often swollen and floating, rooting at the nodes. Leaves sensitive, bipinnate with 2-4 pairs. Leaflets in 7-22 pairs, oblong 5-20 mm long, mostly hairless. Flowers in subspherical axillary heads, 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter, bright yellow, on very long peduncles. Pods shortly oblong, up to 1.2 × 3.5 cm, in umbel-like clusters, bent at an angle to a short basal stipe.
Derivation of specific name: oleracea: vegetable-garden herb used in cooking
Habitat: In and around pools, lakes and swamps.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical areas of the Old and New World
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
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Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 45 - 47. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 216.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 260. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 70.

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 210.

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Flora of Botswana: Neptunia oleracea
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Flora of Malawi: Neptunia oleracea
Flora of Mozambique: Neptunia oleracea
Flora of Zambia: Neptunia oleracea

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Neptunia oleracea
African Plant Database: Neptunia oleracea
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Neptunia oleracea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Neptunia oleracea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Neptunia oleracea
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Neptunia oleracea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Neptunia oleracea
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Neptunia oleracea
Ispot Southern Africa: Neptunia oleracea
JSTOR Plant Science: Neptunia oleracea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Neptunia oleracea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Neptunia oleracea
The Plant List (version 1.1): Neptunia oleracea
Tropicos: Neptunia oleracea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Neptunia oleracea., retrieved 21 May 2019

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