Persicaria limbata (Meisn.) H. Hara

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Persicaria limbata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Persicaria limbata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Polygonum limbatum Meisn.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect or procumbent perennial herb, often mat-forming. Stems hollow, striate along the length, usually hairy. Distinct bract-like ocrea at the nodes, spreading or recurved at the apex; margins ciliate. Leaves linear-lanceolate, pubescent or silky hairy on both surfaces, ciliate at the base, clasping the stems. Flowers in terminal or lateral, spike-like racemes, pinkish white; peduncles hairy. Fruit a small, smooth and shiny nut, reddish-brown to black.
Type location:
Syntypes from Senegal and Nile Delta
Derivation of specific name: limbata: bordered, with a margin or fringe (a reference to the ocrea)
Habitat: In wet habitats, at the edges of streams and dams and in moist grassland
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Egypt and India.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,E,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 187. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 292. (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 68.

Nogueira, I., Ortiz, S. & Paiva, J.A.R. (2006). Polygonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 15 - 17. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 93.

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Flora of Botswana: Persicaria limbata
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Persicaria limbata
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Persicaria limbata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Persicaria limbata
African Plant Database: Persicaria limbata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Persicaria limbata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Persicaria limbata
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Persicaria limbata
JSTOR Plant Science: Persicaria limbata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Persicaria limbata
Plants of the World Online: Persicaria limbata
Tropicos: Persicaria limbata
Wikipedia: Persicaria limbata

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: Persicaria limbata., retrieved 22 April 2024

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