Aneilema aequinoctiale (P. Beauv.) Loudon

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Aneilema aequinoctiale

Picture: Bart Wursten
Campsite, Chirinda Forest

Aneilema aequinoctiale

Picture: Bart Wursten
Campsite, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Aneilema adhaerens Kunth
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial erect or somewhat scrambling herb. The leaves and leaf-sheaths covered in hooked "sticky" hairs, which easily attach themselves to fur and clothing. Flowers in terminal inflorescences, short-lived, closing by the afternoon.
Type location:
Notes: The leaves are cooked as a spinach.
This species can be distinguished from Aneilema johnstonii by the larger flowers, fewer-flowered inflorescences, the hooked hairs on the leaves and leaf-sheaths and the less erect, scrambling habit.
Derivation of specific name: aequinoctiale: of the equinox (possibly referring to the flowering time)
Habitat: Along the margins of forest and moist areas in woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Jun
Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 26 March 2012

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 70 - 72.

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 86.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 39 - 40. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 70.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 71.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 82.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aneilema aequinoctiale
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aneilema aequinoctiale., retrieved 23 September 2023

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