Limosella australis R. Br.

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Limosella australis

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Zambezi (FEOW: Middle Zambezi - Luangwa)

Limosella australis

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Synonyms: Limosella aquatica L. var. tenuifolia Hook. f.
Limosella subulata Ives
Common names:
Status: Native
Small creeping or submerged, amphibious herb. Rhizomes 1.5–2.5 cm long in terrestrial plants, 1.5–3.8 cm long when submerged. Leaves , tufted, cylindrical or subulate, 1.5–8 cm long, . Flowers white, blueish beneath. Pedicels variable in length, 5–35 mm long. Calyx c. 1.5 mm long, 5-lobed, lobes triangular. Corolla tube 1.8–2.2 mm. long, lobes 4–5 subcircular, or somewhat oblong, c. 1.5 mm long, minutely hairy towards the throat. Capsule subglobose, 2–2.5 mm in diameter, crowned by the persistent style.
Derivation of specific name: australis: southern
Habitat: In shallow lakes or on lakeside mudflats.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: In Africa restricted to high altitude regions; elswhere in Australia, Europe and North America.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 268. (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 78.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 73 - 74. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 104.

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Flora of Botswana: Limosella australis
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Flora of Zambia: Limosella australis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Limosella australis
African Plant Database: Limosella australis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Limosella australis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Limosella australis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Limosella australis
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iNaturalist: Limosella australis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Limosella australis
JSTOR Plant Science: Limosella australis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Limosella australis
Plants of the World Online: Limosella australis
Tropicos: Limosella australis
Wikipedia: Limosella australis

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: Limosella australis., retrieved 20 May 2024

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