Nymphoides thunbergiana (Griseb.) Kuntze

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Nymphoides thunbergiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Backpackers and Overlanders Lodge, Epworth Harare.

Nymphoides thunbergiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Backpackers and Overlanders Lodge, Epworth Harare.

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Synonyms: Limnanthemum thunbergianum Griseb.
Common names:
Status: Native
Aquatic perennial herb. Stolons few, floating. Leaves subcircular, floating, 3-10 cm in diameter, rarely larger. Flowers pale yellow on erect pedicels 2.5-8 cm long; calyx lobes spreading. Corolla with tube 5-6 mm long, lobes c. 1.5 mm long, rarely more. Capsule c. 5 mm in diameter, ovoid, more or less as long as the calyx. Seeds smooth.
Notes: See N. forbesiana for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: thunbergiana: named after Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828), botanist and student of Linnaeus, who collected extensively in South Africa.
Habitat: In pools and rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep -Mar
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Caprivi-Namibia, South Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
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Images last updated: Wednesday 29 July 2009

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 40.

Mackinder, B. (1990). Menyanthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Page 54.

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 62.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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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: Nymphoides thunbergiana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144890, retrieved 28 May 2024

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