Nothosaerva brachiata (L.) Wight

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Nothosaerva brachiata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Nothosaerva brachiata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Nothosaerva brachiata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Nothosaerva brachiata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Achyranthes brachiata L.
Aerva brachiata (L.) Mart.
Illecebrum brachiatum (L.) L.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb 10-45 cm high, moostly branching from the base. Leaves opposite or alternate, elliptic-oblong or ovate, 1-5 cm long for basal leaves, becoming shorter and narrower further up, thinly hairy to more or less hairless, more or less gradually tapering into a petiole up to about half the length of the leaf blade. Inflorescences in dense spikes, 3-15 mm long, clustered in the leaf axils or on short axillary shoots; bracts whitish,hyaline, up to half a mm long. Flowers with ovate-elliptic perianth segments c. 1.25 mm long, greenish-white, woolly on the outside. Capsule included in the persistant perianth and falling together.
Type location:
Notes: a Linnean specimen
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Drying margins of seasonally wet places, on both sansy and clay soils.
Altitude range: Up to 515 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Mauritius, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Burma.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 16 August 2014
Literature:

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 16.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 20.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 97 - 99. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Nothosaerva brachiata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122420, retrieved 8 August 2020

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