Floscopa glomerata (Willd. & Schult. ex Schult. f.) Hassk.

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Floscopa glomerata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare

Floscopa glomerata

Picture: Rob Burrett
Diana's Pool, Matopos

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Synonyms: Floscopa rivularis (A. Rich.) C.B. Clarke
Tradescantia glomerata Schult. f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Aquatic herb, exserted to 60 cm above water level. Stems decumbent. Leaves: lamina c.8 × 1.2 cm, linear-acuminate, glabrous; basal part sheathing. Flowers opening in morning for a short period. Inflorescence of several to many 1-sided, dense, short cymes and reduced thyrses. Petals 3, unequal; upper two c.3-4 mm, ovate, lower linear. Stamens: 3 lower longer, declinate, connectives narrow; 3 upper shorter, connective broad, square and yellow. Capsule c.2 mm.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: glomerata: clustered
Habitat: In moist areas along streams and vleis, often semi aquatic.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, South Africa and Madagascar
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,Lk,S,W
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 244 - 245. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 122.

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 46 - 48. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 156. (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 87.

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

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 108.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 117.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 181.

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Wikipedia: Floscopa glomerata

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Floscopa glomerata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=112940, retrieved 27 May 2024

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