Sphagneticola trilobata (L.) Pruski

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Sphagneticola trilobata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Arundel School Road, Harare

Sphagneticola trilobata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Arundel School Road, Harare

Sphagneticola trilobata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Corner Ashton Rd/ Maasdorp Rd, Harare

Sphagneticola trilobata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Corner Ashton Rd/ Maasdorp Rd, Harare

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Synonyms: Thelechitonia trilobata (L.) H. Rob. & Cuatrec.
Wedelia trilobata (L.) Hitchc.
Common names: Singapore daisy (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Perennial herb to 30 cm, but usually much shorter. Stems prostrate, creeping and rooting at the nodes. Leaves dark green, shiny, entire, serrate to lobed. Capitula 3 cm in diameter, yellow to orange-yellow, solitary on long peduncles. Achenes brown.
Notes: Commonly cultivated in gardens, usually as a ground cover. See (e.g.) Sheat & Schofield (1995), p.285 and Pienaar (1984), p. 347, for images of this species, both under the name of Wedelia trilobata.

In Zimbabwe, it escapes from time to time, most convincingly in high rainfall areas in the Eastern Highlands but also in urban areas like Harare.
Derivation of specific name: trilobata: three-lobed, referring to the leaves
Habitat: Escaping on roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Native of tropical America; widely cultivated and sometimes naturalised.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 December 2012

Henderson, L. (2001). Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa. Page 58. (Includes a picture).

Pienaar, K. (1984). The South African What Flower is that? (A-Z of Garden flowers in South Africa). 2nd impression. Struik, Cape Town. Page 347. (Includes a picture).

Sheat, W.G. & Schofield, G. (1995). Complete Gardening in Southern Africa Struik, South Africa Page 285. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sphagneticola trilobata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=160400, retrieved 22 February 2018

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