Tragia gardneri Prain

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Tragia gardneri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare.

Tragia gardneri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare.

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Status: Native
More or less erect perennial herb, up to 50 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves with a short petiole or sessile, ovate to lanceolate, up to 6 cm long, finely puberulous above, roughly hairy on the midrib and veins below; margin crenate-dentate to sharply dentate except near the base. Inflorescences terminal or leaf-opposed, spike-like up to 11 cm long. Flowers unisexual on the same plant. Fruit 3-lobed, 5 × 8 mm, smooth, puberulous with rough hairs on the ribs of the lobes.
Derivation of specific name: gardneri: for J. Gardner, plant collector, who collected this species in Zimbabwe in 1905.
Habitat: In vlei grassland on black clay soils, sometimes on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C
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Images last updated: Thursday 29 January 2009

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 43.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 232 - 233.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 58.

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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: Tragia gardneri., retrieved 24 May 2024

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