Pavonia senegalensis (Cav.) Leistner

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Pavonia senegalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
On loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan, Hwange NP

Pavonia senegalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
On loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan, Hwange NP

Pavonia senegalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
On loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan, Hwange NP

Pavonia senegalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
On loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Hibiscus baumii G├╝rke
Pavonia hirsuta Guill. & Perr.
Pavonia zawadae Ulbr.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
A spreading, short-lived perennial with semi-prostrate to ascending branches, up to 1.25 m. Stems somewhat angular with harsh stellate hairs. Leaves suborbicular in outline, angular to shallowly lobed; lower surface densely stellate-hairy. Stipules up to 10 mm, filiform. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, up to 8 cm in diameter sulphur-yellow with a maroon centre. Epicalyx bracts 12-16, narrowly linear, usually shorter than the calyx lobes (see note).
Notes: The specimen in images is a good match for this species but the epicalyx bracts appear to be unusually long for the species.
Derivation of specific name: senegalensis: of Senegal
Habitat: In Grewia-Terminalia dominated woodland, seaonally dry riverbeds and along rivers, usually on loamy or sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: In the drier parts of Africa from Senegal to Sudan, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 12 February 2016

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28.

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 84.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 508 - 510. as Pavonia hirsuta

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 292. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 206. (Includes a picture).

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 61.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 75.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 85.

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 218.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 158 - 159. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Pavonia senegalensis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pavonia senegalensis
African Plant Database: Pavonia senegalensis
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pavonia senegalensis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pavonia senegalensis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pavonia senegalensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pavonia senegalensis
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Tropicos: Pavonia senegalensis
Wikipedia: Pavonia senegalensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pavonia senegalensis., retrieved 21 September 2021

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