Nesaea rigidula (Sond.) Koehne

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Nesaea rigidula

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Eastern side, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Synonyms: Lythrum rigidulum Sond.
Nesaea mucronata Koehne
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Status: Native
Erect or decumbent, small perennial shrublet, up to 35 cm tall. Stems hairless or shortly hairy, 4-angled or narrowly 4-winged towards the top. Leaves opposite, sessile, oblong to lanceolate, up to 25 mm long, blue-green, single-veined from the cordate base; apex more or less blunt. Flowers in 1-3-flowered clusters, 6-merous. Calyx 4-6 mm long, cup-shaped; appendages very short or absent. Petals 4-6 mm long, white rose, salmon, orange or red. Stamens 12. Style greatly exceeding the stamens.
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Habitat: Occurring in alluvial grassland, along the edges of marshes and rivers and in limestone cracks.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Fernandes, A. (1978). Lythraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 291.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 82.

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 217.

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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: Nesaea rigidula., retrieved 18 July 2019

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