Holubia saccata Oliv.

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Holubia saccata

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Birchenough Bridge

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Status: Native
Erect annual or biennial, 30-75 cm. Stem square with spreading branches. Leaves opposite, fleshy, ovate to almost circular, hairless above, sometimes glandular below; margins more or less shallowly lobed. Flowers yellow-green, yellow, cream or white, with an unpleasant smell. Corolla tube with a saccate spur. Fruit 5-6 cm long, 4-winged.
Derivation of specific name: saccata: sack-like, referring to the spurred corolla tube
Habitat: In disturbed sandy soils along riverbanks and roadsides.
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 13 February 2007

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988). Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 89 - 91. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 213. (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 66.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 92.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Holubia saccata
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Wikipedia: Holubia saccata

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: Holubia saccata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152500, retrieved 26 May 2024

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