Pentodon pentandrus (Schumach. & Thonn.) Vatke
var. pentandrus

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Pentodon pentandrus var. pentandrus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

Pentodon pentandrus var. pentandrus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

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Synonyms: Hedyotis pentandra Schumach & Thonn.
Oldenlandia macrophylla DC.
Oldenlandia pentandra (Schumach & Thonn.) DC.
Pentodon abyssinicus Hochst.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Annual or short-lived perennial herb with single, procumbent or suberect stems. Leaves opposite, linear-lanceolate to elliptic. Flowers on long peduncles in axillary few-flowered inflorescences, white, pale blue or mauve with soft hairs on the throat and corolla.
Notes: Very similar to var. minor but can be distinguished by differences in the style and less funnel-shaped flowers. The distribution of the two varieties does not seem to overlap in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: pentandrus: with five stamens.
Habitat: In muddy soil in riverine grassland and Phragmites or Papyrus swamps.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 920 m
Flowering time:Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, Madagascar and Arabia. Also in Southern USA,Cuba, Nicaragua and Brazil.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 23 October 2005

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 251. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 56. (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 73.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 91.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 98.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 116 - 118.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pentodon pentandrus var. pentandrus., retrieved 24 March 2023

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