Gunnera perpensa L.

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Gunnera perpensa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Honde Valley rd near Nyanga Turn off

Gunnera perpensa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Honde Valley rd near Nyanga Turn off

Gunnera perpensa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Gunnera perpensa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road near entrance John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Common names: River pumpkin (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Herbaceous perennial up to 1 m, forming colonies in wet places. Leaves large, reniform to circular, irregularly dentate. Spikes 2-7 cm, borne on a scape and subtended by a bract. Petals c. 2 mm. Fruits c.1.4 mm in diameter, subspherical.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In continually wet marshy areas along streamsbanks and perennial vleis.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1500 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: In eastern tropical Africa and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 60 - 61. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 180. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

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 54.

Mendes, E.J. (1978). Haloragaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 80 - 81. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 76.

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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: Gunnera perpensa., retrieved 16 October 2021

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